SC officer fired after body camera footage backed up complaints

Fellow officers complained about the ex-officer's use of force


By Meg Kinnard
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina lawman has been fired after body camera footage backed up fellow officers' complaints about excessive force.

Simpsonville Police Chief Keith Grounsell told local media outlets Thursday that Officer Brian Kurta was fired from the department late last month.

Grounsell says an internal investigation was conducted after several officers filed excessive force complaints against Kurta. Grounsell says body camera footage backed up those complaints, and Kurta was fired immediately.

The chief says the State Law Enforcement Division has been asked to investigate what's being described as an isolated incident. Grounsell says the alleged victim has not filed a formal complaint against Kurta, who has not been charged with a crime.

Simpsonville is about 90 miles northwest of Columbia, the state capital.

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