A 19-year-old man has accused three Charleston County (S.C.) Sheriff's deputies of using excessive force during a Nov. 11 traffic stop.
The lawsuit stems from the stop of Devante Pittman. Deputies said Pittman failed to use turn signals while driving his Dodge Charger.
The lawsuit claims Deputy Christopher Davis reached his right hand through the open window on the driver's side and repeatedly struck Pittman in the face with a flashlight. The stop was captured on patrol car video.
Pittman's attorney said two other deputies, James Howard and Gilbert Baldwin, walked over and helped Davis force Pittman from the vehicle. The lawsuit alleges as Howard and Baldwin restrained Pittman, Davis pulled the back of Pittman's head and repeatedly struck him in the face with his right fist, reports WAFB.