Deputy accused of excessive force is now looking for a new job

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email


After a News 12 investigation, a deputy is no longer employed with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Richard Roundtree tells News 12, it was centered around the use of excessive force.

Brian Mcduffie was re-hired back in June of 2012 and is now looking for a new job.33-year-old Brian Mcduffie is no longer an officer of the law.

"I'm sorry that he lost his job, but when you put that badge on as a taxpaying citizen, I'm going to hold you accountable," said Mom Kenya James.

James says the wrong started after a 911 call. Richmond County Sheriff Deputy Brian Mcduffie was one of three that responded to a home in the Pines Place Subdivision. In the incident report, Deputy Mcduffie writes after going inside the house, the homeowner spotted 15-year-old Kyvan James running in the front yard and a chase started.

James says deputies, beat, kicked and hit her son with a flashlight. A week after our investigation Deputy Mcduffie is now out of work. "The message is we are going to be fair and transparent. We investigate every complaint that comes in our office," said Sheriff Richard Roundtree.

James told commissioners a diverse group of deputies should respond, surveys should be handed out, and deputies should call EMS when necessary.

"I've heard a quote all my life that black people run from the police and white people run to the police. Why that is I'm not sure," said Mom Kenya James.

"There is some truth to that and it depends on the individuals and the situation. I think we need a better rapport with deputies and the citizens in this community," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.

No wrong doing was found by the Sheriff in regards to Deputy Gandy and Payne who also responded to the scene.

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