S.C. Police Misconduct Update

A 70 year old disabled veteran was shot by a York County deputy as he reached for his cane during a traffic stop – sheriff’s department spokesman says the shooting was unfortunate but appropriate.

A Cherokee County sheriff’s deputy was charged in federal court for confiscating electronic gambling machines and then selling them instead of turning them in as contraband.

A 68 year old man was shot and killed by police officers in Edgefield County after he did not stop for police – although the chase began in North Augusta, apparently SLED has not released the names of the officers involved, the agency that they work for, or why they shot the man.

The Williamsburg County Sheriff Michael Johnson was indicted in federal court for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, accused of creating false police reports so customers of a credit-repair business could claim that overdue bills were caused by identity fraud.  Johnson is the 6th S.C. sheriff in 4 years to be arrested and charged with a crime.  A 7th died of a heart attack before he could be charged, accused of taking more than $200,000  in public funds.

A lawsuit filed against the Georgetown County Sheriff by three women who were raped by a detention center guard was scheduled for trial last week – according to the Georgetown County public index the case settled, however.  The guard, Belvin Lee Sherrill, pled guilty to sexually assaulting the women and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

The former Simpsonville Chief of Police and a former detective were indicted for misconduct in office in connection with the “improper forfeiture and collection of impound retrieval fees related to a 1975 Harley Davidson motorcycle.”  The same detective was arrested in 2013 and charged with obstruction of justice and misconduct in office.

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