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Guardsman suing S.C. police over 2008 arrest

Sep. 13, 2012 - 08:30AM   |   Last Updated: Sep. 13, 2012 - 08:30AM  |  
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CHARLESTON, S.C. A decorated soldier is suing North Charleston police alleging that his civil rights were violated when he was hit with a stun gun at a traffic stop.

The trial of the complaint brought by 28-year-old Brian Knite Yates of Ladson was to have begun this week has been delayed because Yates is overseas with the National Guard,">according to The Post and Courier of Charleston.

Yates is black and said he was illegally arrested in 2008, an allegation the city denies.

An incident report said Yates was pulled over because of loud music. It said Yates was stunned because he turned as though he was returning to his car.

The arresting officer was white. During the past year the NAACP has accused local police of profiling and targeting black drivers.

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