Soldier suing North Charleston over arrest

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A decorated soldier is suing North Charleston police alleging that his civil rights were violated when he was hit with a stun gun at a traffic stop.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the trial of the complaint brought by 28-year-old Brian Knite Yates of Ladson was to have begun this week. It's been delayed because Yates is overseas with the National Guard.

Yates is black and contends he was illegally arrested in 2008, an allegation the city denies.

An incident report says Yates was pulled over because of loud music. It says Yates was stunned because he turned as though he was returning to his car.

The arresting officer was white. During the past year the NAACP has accused local police of profiling and targeting black drivers.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

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