Lawsuit filed after internal investigation says officer lied about assault by suspect

Wednesday, June 05, 2019
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ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WRDW/WAGT) – A lawsuit has been filed after an exchange caught on body camera.

We showed you this body cam video last September of Orangeburg police deputies arresting a man they said assaulted them. Those officers are still on the job.

False imprisonment, malicious prosecution, and civil conspiracy are all allegations filed in the suit.

On April 26, 2018, Demetrius Jamison has weed on him. Officers tell him he’s under arrest. Jamison takes off running. Body cam shows within 7 seconds he's tackled to the ground.

The footage shows he had drugs, he resisted arrest, but it does not show assault.

Yet he was hit was a felony charge of assault on police, facing up to 20 years in prison. Incident reports, warrants, and testimonies alleged Jamison head-butted officer Cody Miles. An internal investigation found the claims were false. It even recommended the Cody Miles be fired.

Because of the claims, a judge had even said Jamison caused possibly career ending injuries to that officer.

Miles knew he was accidentally hit by one his fellow officers.

Jamision spent four months in jail. One-hundred and 28 days came before the city dismissed the false charge. But the damage was already done according to the suit.

Jamison's legal team says someone needs to be held accountable.

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