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S.C. officer in video forcing man into wall to be disciplined

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North Charleston police said in a statement Wednesday the officer who was detaining Joshua Lewis, 21, did not act in accordance with department policy, news outlets reported. Two other officers involved in the case will also be disciplined.

Details about what disciplinary measures would be taken against the three officers, who weren’t identified, were not released. The statement said the officers must go through a mandatory “critical incident training program,” according to news outlets.

The video of Lewis being detained during a “shots heard” investigation May 9 sparked outrage and led activists to demand a racial bias audit of the police department. Lewis was not arrested or charged with a crime in the incident.


Facts matter, and some things can’t be fully explained in a short news report. Here’s the full story of Joshua Lewis’s three encounters with NCPD on May 7th and May 9th.

Posted by North Charleston Police Department on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Chief Reggie Burgess had released a 21-minute response to the demands, saying the department had been looking into Lewis’ three encounters with law enforcement over three days.

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Jerod Frazier, an attorney for Lewis, told The Post and Courier he wanted more specific details about the discipline the officers are facing and information about what their required training would entail.

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