Dep. Brian C. McDuffie (RCSO)
We continue to follow a developing story about a Richmond County Sheriff Deputy who was fired. News 12 has learned Deputy Brian Mcduffie will appeal his termination.
Mcduffie was fired after allegations of excessive force used on 15-year-old Kyvan James.
A former Richmond County school Resource Officer who was fired for the same thing tells News 12, a claim like that will follow you for life. "It's one of those situations where, I've never fully grasped the situation that occurred," said Former School Officer Deron Lillard.
Lillard was fired from the Richmond County Schools in 2010. He worked as a school police officer and was fired for using excessive force on a 15-year-old girl. Lillard says he was attacked, but school Superintendent Frank Roberson wrote Lillard escalated the situation by cursing at the teen.
"Those were the claims against me," said Lillard.
Lillard says he was later cleared by this letter. Still he hasn't been able to find another job in law enforcement. Unlike Lillard, Deputy Mcduffie will appeal the sheriff's decision.
"They have the right with in 10 days to file an appeal," said RCSO Sgt. Shane McDaniel.
The city's human resources department will set up a meeting within 45 days. Deputy Mcduffie will be allowed to bring in his attorney. Sheriff Roundtree and all the deputies who responded to the Pines Place subdivision. We're told could be in apart of that hearing. Once the group decides their decision is final.
"It's going to be about violating policy and procedure," said Sgt. McDaniel. Accusations of excessive force is something that could follow you for a life time.