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Apr 27, 2016

Cops won’t cop to use of quotas

South Carolina’s House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill April 26 that would prohibit police departments from requiring officers to meet quotas for ticket-writing—not that many departments will admit to using quotas as it is. House Bill 4387 would bar quotas for citations, but will still allow departments to evaluate an officer’s performance based on […]

Apr 26, 2016

Horry County Police chief retires as investigation continues

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Horry County Police Chief Saundra Rhodes is retiring in less than two weeks. Rhodes made the announcement Monday in a letter to county officials. Rhodes became the first African-American and the first woman to lead the agency in 2012. She had spent two decades with the force, working her way through […]

Apr 22, 2016

Bill would drop ‘disturbing schools’ charge for students

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Supporters of a bill removing law enforcement officers’ ability to arrest students for “disturbing schools” said Thursday that the charge criminalizes ordinary misbehavior and puts kids on a path to prison. But Solicitor Barry Barnette and the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association countered that arrests are sometimes necessary, and the charge should [[...]

Apr 22, 2016

Slain driver’s DNA not found on officer’s gun

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After a South Carolina police officer shot and killed a driver in 2014, he told investigators the man had grabbed his gun — but a newly released investigative file reveals that the driver’s DNA was not found on the muzzle of the officer’s weapon. And a police dashcam video shows the […]

Apr 19, 2016

A look at police use-of-force cases before Freddie Gray

BALTIMORE (AP) — The widespread unrest that broke out in Baltimore on the day of Freddie Gray’s funeral on April 27, 2015, has been attributed to a host of factors, including decades of dysfunction in the city’s institutions, neighborhoods and leadership. But there were outside pressures, as well, including outrage in other cities over the […]

Apr 19, 2016

Meeting seeks end to police profiling, black student arrests

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Just over a year after a black motorist was shot and killed by a white police officer, an audience of about 2,500 people gathered at a North Charleston church Monday calling for an end to police targeting blacks in routine traffic stops and arresting students on school campuses. North Charleston […]

Mar 29, 2016

Almost 70 in Carolinas arrested in sting targeting gangs

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A nationwide sting targeting gangs has found that North and South Carolina are among the top areas in the country for such activity. Media outlets report that than 1,100 people were arrested during Project Shadowfire, a five-week federal operation targeting drugs and human and sex trafficking. Authorities announced Monday that more […]

Mar 28, 2016

Police sketch artists still nab bad guys with pencil, paper

NEW YORK (AP) — In an age of ubiquitous cellphones and surveillance cameras, New York City police forensic artist Matthew Klein is one of a dying breed of crime fighters who helps catch bad guys with a pencil and paper. He is one of only about 100 full-time forensic artists in the United States, plying […]

Feb 5, 2016

Police officials quarrel over effort to raise bar on force

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police organizations are bickering over new proposals that would govern when officers should use force during violent arrests, a contentious issue given the national spotlight on questionable shootings. Groups representing chiefs and rank-and-file sworn officers are pushing back against proposals last week by the Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington-based research grou[...]

Feb 1, 2016

Law enforcement leaders examine new use-of-force principles

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police across the United States are rethinking how they use force amid national outrage over questionable shootings and violent arrests. The changes include efforts in Dallas to train officers to de-escalate situations by moving backward during target practice and arming some with sponge projectiles rather than guns. In Camden, New Jersey, officers […]

Jan 12, 2016

State agency investigating Horry County Police Department

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Court records show the State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the Horry County Police Department. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports the investigation comes as a Georgetown County woman sued Horry County and the police department last month, saying a detective sexually assaulted her after she reported being raped […]

Jan 3, 2016

Man charged with driving into deputy’s car while drunk

HARTSVILLE (AP) — A Hartsville man is accused of being drunk when he drove into the back of a Darlington County sheriff’s vehicle. Local media outlets report that 45-year-old Keith Vinson is charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension, child endangerment and open container. According to the Highway Patrol, Vinson’s sport utility vehicle […]

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