Batesburg-Leesville councilman sues 2 town officials over ejection (+video)

Batesburg-Leesville Councilman Steve Cain is seeking unspecified damages from two town officials for his ejection during a disruption at a March 10 meeting.

Cain said he was humiliated and injured by what happened, according to his lawsuit filed Monday in Lexington County Circuit Court.

Mayor Rita Crapps was “unreasonable and without legal justification” in ordering his removal while Police Chief Wallace Oswald hurt him, the lawsuit said.

Crapps and Cain are longtime political foes who faced off in an election Nov. 5 for mayor that she won.

Town officials will leave it up to a judge or jury to decide whether Cain’s claims are valid, Crapps said.

Cain was ejected to prevent chaos from occurring after a series of angry exchanges that threatened to become a major confrontation at a Town Council session, Crapps has said.

At her order, police officers carried Cain to an adjoining hall under Oswald’s supervision after the councilman became belligerent, she has alleged.

Cain was pushed, shoved and dragged along the floor by Oswald and officers, the lawsuit said.

A town video of the incident shows Cain collapsing as police approach.

Emergency medical personnel were called to look into his complaint of an injured back but Cain left without assistance before their arrival, Oswald has said.

WATCH THE Batesburg-Leesville meeting where council member Cain was removed.