News 12 11pm/ Monday August 12, 2013
Augusta, GA (WRDW)--- Shandina McDuffie is still trying to grasp the news that her husband won't be going to work tomorrow.
"No one knows what it's like to wear that badge," McDuffie told News12 as her eyes filled with tears.
After 12 years of marriage she says her husband is not a liar. McDuffie says her husband's story has not changed since the night 15 year old Kyvan James accused him of beating him.
"Another officer was struggling and that he had to back up or assist him," McDuffie told News12.
She says her husband was only doing his job by trying to keep his partner safe. She says the flashlight used to hit the teen is plastic and not metal, as her husband's termination letter said. Either way the sheriff says he made the decision for one reason.
"The allegation of excessive force we felt was substantiated and again that person was terminated," Sheriff Roundtree told News12.
Kenya James, the mother of the teen, says she's sorry the deputy lost his job, but says it had to happen for one reason.
"When you put your badge on--as a tax paying citizen I'm going to hold you accountable for what's right," she said.
And while the McDuffie's disagree --the former deputy's wife said there's something that hurts her more than the firing.
"Saying it happened because the young male was black," she said
Mrs. McDuffie believes a lot of people are trying to make this about race without even knowing all the facts.
"Our son is adopted and bi-racial. He does not look at a person by skin color. He does not see that," said McDuffie of her husband.
So, she sees what happened to her husband -- as unfair.
"He loves the badge; He loves being a cop," she said.
While he couldn't speak on camera Brian McDuffie did say the Police Benevolent Association did pick up his case and he's going to appeal the firing. He maintains -- he did nothing wrong.