Former Simpsonville Police Officer Charged After Excessive Force Claims

Brian Keith Kurta
Brian Keith Kurta

SLED announced former Simpsonville Police officer Brian Keith Kurta has been charged with Assault and Battery 3rd degree after he was accused of excessive force by other police officers.

Kurta was fired in September. Police Chief Keith Grounsell said his department takes a zero tolerance approach to excessive force by cop

According to Grounsell, Kurta was the subject of multiple internal complaints by other officers who said Kurta used “excessive force against a suspect.”

He said body camera footage backed up the complaints and they asked for the state law enforcement division to open a criminal investigation into Kurta’s behavior.

Grounsell said this was an isolated incident and the suspect – who he now refers to as a “victim” – never complained about Officer Kurta.

Grounsell said this came strictly from the inside and he hopes what they are calling “swift action” from their department will give the community peace of mind that they don’t condone or tolerate this kind of behavior.

Grounsell ended his statement saying, “We will always hold our officers to the highest of standards to maintain trust and accountability within the community that we serve.”

Kurta faces 30 days in prison and / or a fine of $500 if he is convicted.

 

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