S.C. Police Misconduct Update

News reports in the past month:

Two Bluffton officers were suspended after a bar fight; one allegedly pulled a gun another person in the bar.

A North Charleston police officer who is also a substitute teacher was charged with assaulting a student.

A North Myrtle Beach K-9 officer was charged with DUI in his patrol car.  As of the date of article, he was not terminated, but instead was placed on desk duty.

A Gaffney police officer pled guilty to felony DUI with great bodily injury and was sentenced to 3 years home detention and probation.

A City of Columbia police officer was arrested and charged with CDV/ criminal domestic violence.

A Cherokee County Detention Center nurse was charged with first degree sexual misconduct with an inmate of a correctional facility, accused of having oral sex with an inmate.

Two people were killed following a high speed chase by a Darlington County Sheriff’s deputy – their car flipped over and the deputy crashed into it.  Although I may include deaths caused by police chases here, I want to point out that it is not necessarily misconduct on the part of the officer involved – in my opinion the problem with police chases lies with departmental policy and the departments’ failure to explore alternatives to high speed chases, which is reflected in their policies.  If the deputy is following his department’s policy, he may be doing nothing wrong.

A Lexington County woman has released a home surveillance video that shows a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detective entering her boyfriend’s home as she sleeps on the living room sofa, then walking through the home, searching through her cell phone, and touching her breast before waking her up to tell her he is looking for her friend “on grounds of child support.”  The Sheriff’s department says that the detective was “serving civil papers at the proper residence,” but the woman says her boyfriend does not have children.  Also, since when do detectives serve warrants for child support?  Most, if not all, Sheriff’s departments have a warrants division with uniformed officers that serve warrants – they do not send detectives to serve child support warrants.  The detective was fired, but the Lexington County Solicitor’s Office declined to prosecute him.


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