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Richmond County Sheriff's deputy fired after alleged excessive use of force


Deputy Brian McDuffie is off the job, the result of an internal affairs investigation after 15-year-old Kyvan James says he was beaten by deputies after running from them in his neighborhood earlier this month.

"We found that we do believe excessive force was used in this particular case," said Sheriff Richard Roundtree. "And based on those findings, the individual was terminated."

Roundtree said the investigation was by the book, and the alleged beating was an isolated incident.

"Our policy is that we investigate all complaints thoroughly," added Roundtree. "And we're going to continue to do that."

Kyvan's mother, Kenya, went before Richmond County commissioners Monday afternoon to make her case for changes to the Sheriff's Office procedures. She found out Deputy McDuffie had been let go during our interview.

"I'm sorry he had to get fired," said James. "But once you put your badge on, you have to be held accountable for your actions. Just as my son has to be accountable for his actions."

Sheriff Roundtree agrees, telling us Kyvan is charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

"We do feel based on the investigation, those charges are warranted in this case," explained Roundtree. "And we will continue to pursue those charges."

The James Family wouldn't comment on the charges, but hope the experience will improve the way law enforcement interacts with the community.

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