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Lenoir County college student files compliant against deputies

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A drive home from work, turns into an ongoing battle with the Lenoir County Sheriff Department.

Earlier this month, the office received a second complaint, calling for an investigation into four deputies. The complaints accuse the deputies of assaulting a female.

On July 5, 2012, Brittany McPhail was on her way home from work. Her father says she noticed a strange, unmarked, car following her. After a few minutes McPhail says the car turned on its blue lights. That's when Brittany called her father for advice. McPhail advised his daughter to drive to a well-lit area and he would meet her there.

It turned out that unmarked car was a Lenoir County deputy.

"That's when the deputy got even more upset and grabbed her and threw her on the ground. When they threw her on the ground she had over 800 pounds on top of her. They [saw] a need to spray her on the ground, then picked her up and slammed her into the ground," Jimmy McPhail.

Court records say Brittany failed to pull over when head lights were on. As result she was arrested, charged, a tried for resisting arrest.

In February a judge found the La Grange college student not guilty.

For the Mcphails they are grateful the about the court decision; however, they say what was done to Brittany is not right.

On Mar.1., Brittany McPhail filed a complaint regarding this incident with the Lenoir County Sheriff's office.

The Mcphails say it's about getting justice.

" Law enforcement is held to a higher standard. And they are here to serve and protect. But when you are out there committing crimes like they did against my daughter, they should be held accountable and we are going to make sure  that happens," said Jimmy McPhail.

9 On Your Side contacted the Sheriff's office about this complaint. They say they cannot comment because it's part of an internal investigation.

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