News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The 15-year-old whose mother says he was beaten by Richmond County deputies is now facing charges. Kyvan James and his mother told News 12 that beating put him in the hospital. He says he was the victim of a crime, but News 12 has learned he's accused of one.
James is now facing charges of obstructing an officer.
"He hollered and said, 'Charles, go get my mama.' The deputy said if he hollered again, he was going to bust him in the face and knock him out," said neighbor Charles Grant.
Grant lives in Hephzibah's Pines Place Neighborhood. News 12 was told James got two swollen eyes in Grant's front yard. He says he pulled up after James was face-down on the ground. Grant says one deputy was sitting on the teen's back.
"I couldn't really tell you. All I could see was three shadows on the ground wrestling. I don't know if they were trying to rough him up or what," Grant said.
Kenya James admits her son ran from deputies. She says deputies were called to the neighborhood for a burglary and thought her son was the suspect. James says deputies beat her son and admitted hitting him with a flashlight.
"Inappropriate behavior from a 15-year-old versus inappropriate behavior of three grown men. One of the deputies are three sizes bigger than my son," she said.
Grant says once other deputies arrived, he over heard them bragging about what happened.
"I think they could've handled that a little better than that. They should have found out who it was," Grant said.
"I can't elaborate on that right now," said Sgt. Shane McDaniel.
McDaniel says during an internal affairs investigation, the sheriff decides whether to take a deputy off the streets during the investigation. The sheriff also hands out the punishment.
No matter the outcome, Mrs. James says this will forever change how her son views the badge.
"This situation right here is one of the reason why our kids are running away from the police instead of running to them. Our kids are are scared of them," she said.
There's two sides to this story. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is not releasing information until its investigation is complete.