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Sep 28, 2021

Family of SC officer killed sues man charged in her death

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — The family of one of the police officers killed in what authorities called an ambush in 2018 is suing the man charged with killing her and his family. The lawsuit from Florence County Sheriff’s Investigator Farrah Turner’s family said Frederick Hopkins is responsible for her death and his family contributed to […]

Sep 21, 2021

Consultants sued over 2018 deaths of women in sheriff’s van

The estates of two South Carolina women who drowned while locked in the back of a sheriff’s department van during Hurricane Florence have filed lawsuits alleging negligence by a company that created policies and procedures for the law enforcement agency. The lawsuits were filed last week in Horry County by representatives of 43-year-old Nicolette Green […]

Apr 20, 2021

Judge keeps ex-cop’s 20-year sentence for killing Black man

COLUMBIA (AP) — A judge upheld a 20-year prison sentence on Monday for former police officer Michael Slager in the killing of Walter Scott, an unarmed Black man who ran from a traffic stop in South Carolina, rejecting Slager’s claims his lawyer did a poor job. Slager had appealed his sentence, saying his lawyer never […]

Apr 14, 2021

Ex-officer appeals 20-year sentence for killing Black man

COLUMBIA (AP) — A white former police officer serving 20 years in prison for killing an unarmed Black man in South Carolina who ran from a traffic stop said his lawyer never told him about a plea offer from prosecutors that could have cut years off his sentence. Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager […]

Mar 26, 2021

High court: More police excessive force suits can go forward

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with a New Mexico woman who was shot by police as she drove away from them, in a case that will allow more excessive force lawsuits against police to go forward. The justices ruled 5-3 on Thursday that Roxanne Torres’ suit could continue because she had been […]

Jan 24, 2019

North Charleston cop’s 20-year sentence upheld

  A former North Charleston police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man in 2015 has lost an appeal arguing that a federal judge erred by sentencing him to 20 years in prison. The former cop, Michael Slager, sparked national outrage after a bystander captured video of Slager shooting and killing Walter Scott as […]

Jan 7, 2019

Officers charged criminally after 2 women drowned in van

Two South Carolina law officers were charged Friday in the deaths of two women who drowned while locked in the back of a sheriff’s department van during Hurricane Florence. Stephen Flood is charged with two counts each of reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter, according to online court records. Joshua Bishop faces two counts of involuntary […]

Jan 7, 2019

Ex-police officer accused of asking minor for sex, photos

A former South Carolina police officer who is suing the city of Pickens over his termination has now been charged with sexual exploitation and solicitation of a minor. The Greenville News reports 28-year-old former Pickens police Officer Akiel Jamar McKnight was arrested Thursday. McKnight is accused of attempting to coerce a minor into sexual activity […]

Dec 13, 2018

South Carolina deputies arrest man who attacked an officer

Sheriff’s deputies in South Carolina say they’ve arrested a man who attacked another deputy, knocking him down and taking his gun. Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride told news outlets that officers were trying to serve an arrest warrant near Belton on Wednesday when another man attacked one of the officers. McBride says the suspect was […]

Nov 14, 2018

Sheriff: Thieves take 2 guns from deputy’s patrol vehicle

A sheriff’s office in South Carolina says two weapons have been stolen from a deputy’s unlocked sports utility patrol vehicle. Greenville County Sheriff’s Lt. Ryan Flood said in a news release the weapons were stolen early Monday from a vehicle near Greer. Flood says that surveillance footage showed two suspects in hooded sweat shirts approach […]

Oct 22, 2018

Police: Man flees from officers, barricades himself in home

Police say a man who fled from an officer trying to pull him over for speeding had barricaded himself in his South Carolina home when officers went to arrest him the next day. Lexington police Chief Terrence Green tells news outlets 28-year-old Matthew Johns was taken into custody Wednesday night after he refused to emerge […]

Oct 8, 2018

Lawsuit: Police framed officer with Nazi-etched flashlight

A former South Carolina police officer who was fired for hitting a handcuffed black man says officials used a flashlight inscribed with a Nazi symbol to scapegoat him. The Post and Courier reports Leroy Hair denied knowing about the North Charleston police-issued flashlight found in his car. It was emblazoned with “SS” and “The Wig […]

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