COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Black man shot in the back of the head by a South Carolina police officer last August is now suing the police department and the officer. Attorneys for Sir Brandon Legette filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday morning.
They allege Columbia police officer Sean Rollins used unjustified force when he hit Legette twice and shot him once during a traffic stop on August 24. Authorities previously said Legette had accelerated his car and dragged the officer along a parking lot.
Police had said Rollins shot Legette while attempting to get him to stop the car. Legette survived the shooting and disputes the police account. A state solicitor declined to prosecute the officer in November.