A South Carolina city is being sued by a man who spent more than four months in jail on charges that he hit an officer even though a police supervisor said the accusation wasn't true.
The lawyer for Demetrius Jamison said the city of Orangeburg and its police force violated his civil rights by the wrongful arrest and imprisonment and the publicity from the arrest has prevented him from making a living.
"He's still waiting to be vindicated. He's still waiting to get the conviction undone about the third-degree assault and battery that never happened and he's ready to move past this and get on with his life. Imagine trying to overcome the public image that you were some psycho who assaulted a bunch of law enforcement officers in your hometown," attorney Justin Bamberg told The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg.
Jamison was arrested in April 2018 and charged with head-butting and assaulting officers.
A short time after, a police lieutenant wrote a memo that Jamison didn't strike an officer and a review of camera footage from the day showed a police corporal encouraging officers to tell investigators that Jamison hit them, Bamberg said.
Jamison's assault case was still taken to municipal court and a judge found him guilty. Between his arrest and sentence, Jamison spent 128 days behind bars, his lawyer said.
The city said it doesn't comment on pending lawsuits.
The State Law Enforcement Division is also conducting a criminal investigation into the circumstances around Jamison's arrest.