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.