Man who got $250K for being punched by deputy arrested again

Man who got $250K for being punched by deputy arrested again

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - The man who received a $250,000 settlement from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office after he was assaulted by a deputy during a traffic stop has been arrested again.

Charleston police say they arrested 20-year-old Devante Antwan Pittman Thursday afternoon at Citadel Mall after he was caught with a handgun. He was charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm.

According to an incident report, Pittman became verbally abusive with an employee at Jimmy Jazz after he was told the name on his driver's license did not match the name on the bank card he was trying to use.

Police say he continued to yell at the female employee even after she allowed him to use the card, which appeared to be a generic Wells Fargo bank card.

The report states police arrived, and a search of Pittman uncovered a .38 revolver in his back right shorts pocket. Pittman does not have a concealed weapons permit.

Pittman's attorney, Lionel Lofton, said his client was carrying a gun because people have been trying to rob him.

It's the second time Pittman has been arrested since his encounter with Chris Davis, the former deputy who punched him in the face last November during a traffic stop. Pittman was arrested in late March on charges he was in possession of a stolen vehicle and pointed a handgun at a man.

Since the November incident, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office paid Pittman $250,000 in damages, according to Lofton.  Davis reached a deal on his charge of third-degree assault and battery earlier this month.  He will be required to perform 50 hours of community service.

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