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Activist group challenging arrests of men accused of lying about police assault

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Miller (left) and Fowler (Courtesy: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office) Miller (left) and Fowler (Courtesy: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)

An Upstate activist group is looking into the recent arrests of two men who Spartanburg County deputies said lied about an incident involving an officer.

Bruce Wilson said his group, Fighting Injustice Together, has “concluded that the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Department may have violated Danny Miller and Donald Fowler's civil rights.”

Miller was charged with providing false information to police and Fowler was charged with obstruction of justice.

The charges stemmed from a Nov. 4 incident at The Beacon Restaurant, where an off-duty deputy was working security.

Investigators said Miller became angry when the deputy questioned if he had paid for his order and later filed a report claiming the deputy had assaulted him.

Deputies said Fowler stated he had witnessed the assault.

Wilson said the men should not have been charged.

“Both may have been charged falsely in an attempt to intimidate and hinder victims of police brutality from filing complaints,” Wilson said. “We will not stand idly by while this sheriff’s department tries to intimidate victims of police misconduct.”

Wilson said Miller is a business owner and that Fowler, 77, is a pastor.

Wilson said his group will make an announcement in front of The Beacon restaurant in the coming days to challenge the arrest.

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