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Aug 1, 2019

Agents: Police officer stole, then spent fake $100 bills

KINGSTREE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer in South Carolina stole two counterfeit $100 bills from an evidence room and spent them at a local store. The State Law Enforcement Division said 46-year-old Kingstree Police officer Sallica Williams was charged Monday with misconduct in office. An arrest warrant said Williams took the fake […]

Jun 14, 2018

Constitutional – Fired officers’ due process claims can proceed

Under clearly established law, publication of public safety officers’ allegedly defamatory termination letters to the media before holding a name-clearing hearing supported the officers’ claims of due process violations. Background During the summer of 2014, Officers with the Bald Head Department of Public Safety engaged in a group text-message chain discussing topics including the Dep[...]

Apr 2, 2015

Father of woman killed by SC police sues

SPARTANBURG (AP) — The father of a woman shot and killed by a police officer in Spartanburg County last year filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit has been filed against the city of Duncan, the police department and officer Terry Lane, the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported ( ). In it, the estate of Rebecca […]

Mar 3, 2014

Criminal Practice – Search & Seizure – Reasonable Suspicion – Warrantless Search – Accessible Trunk

Robinson v. State (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-017-14, 17 pp.) (Jean Hoefer Toal. Ch.J.) (Costa Pleicones, J., joined by Donald Beatty, J., concurring) Appealed from Charleston County Circuit Court (Kristi Lea Harrington, J.) S.C. S. Ct. Holding: When a police officer pulled up behind the car petitioner was driving, blocking the car in and preventing it […]

Feb 17, 2014

Civil Rights – Constitutional – Fourth Amendment – Excessive Force – Tort/Negligence – Abuse of Process Claim

Free v. Owens (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-036-14, 9 pp.) (J. Michelle Childs, J.) 1:12-cv-01492; D.S.C. Holding: Even though the offense of an animal at large is a moderately serious situation over which a reasonable police officer would want to exert control, a reasonable officer would not twist a 63-year-old detainee’s arm and sling him around […]

Feb 6, 2013

Civil Rights – No Qualified Immunity for Repeated Taser Use

Meyers v. Baltimore County, Md. A police officer who repeatedly used a Taser on a man after he stopped resisting arrest does not have qualified immunity in this civil rights suit filed by the estate of the man, who died after the incident; the 4th Circuit upholds qualified immunity for two officers who entered the Baltimore County home, but reverses the district court’s decision finding[...]

Jan 28, 2013

Deputies: Man said he was Gov. Haley’s bodyguard

A Chapin man has been arrested for claiming to be a personal bodyguard for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Newberry County sheriff's deputies said Monday that 39-year-old William Scott Fowler had been charged with impersonating a police office and soliciting business as a private investigator.

Jun 4, 2012

Labor & Employment – USERRA – Unlawful Discharge Claim – Constructive Discharge – Police Officer — Internal Affairs Investigation

Reed v. City of Charleston Plaintiff alleges that, upon his return from military service, the defendant-city deliberately made his employment conditions intolerable via an internal affairs investigation that appeared to be leading to his termination and the loss of his police officer certification. Plaintiff has raised a genuine issue of material fact as to whether he was constructively d[...]

Jul 20, 2011

Civil Rights – Qualified Immunity – Unavailable – Police Officer – Fleeing Suspect – Failure to Pay Child Support – Grabbing Glock Instead of Taser

Henry v. Purnell A deputy who mistook his pistol for a Taser can be sued for shooting an unarmed, fleeing suspect; on rehearing, the en banc 4th Circuit says a jury could find that the deputy’s mistake was “objectively unreasonable” because he should have realized he had grabbed a .40 caliber Glock handgun and there was no threat from the man he was chasing for failure to pay child [...]

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