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  • A sheriff's department n South Carolina has released more body camera footage of the fatal shooting of a man who lunged at officers with a piece of wood. The family called for both the release of the videos and an independent investigation because the Richland County Sheriff's Department said it will investigate the shooting itself. The new video starts with Irvin D. Moorer Charley's mother demanding a deputy get her son out of her house Saturday, but Connie Craig's tone changes immediately when her son comes out of the home with a piece of wood that a deputy calls a knife. She then begs the officer to not hit her son.
  • A sheriff's department in South Carolina has released dashboard camera footage of a deputy killing a Black man who approached officers with a wooden stake. The man's family said the man was moving slowly at the officers and shooting him was not justified. The footage shows Irvin D. Moorer Charley being shot with a stun gun with no apparent affect. He then runs at an officer as the deputy fires seven times . A representative for Moorer Charley's family called on the Richland County Sheriff's Department to release all videos, saying they show he wasn't a threat. The sheriff said the officers were protecting themselves from potentially deadly violence.
  • Dashboard camera footage shows a small town police officer in South Carolina charged in the fatal on-duty shooting of a man repeatedly told investigators and her boss that the man had something in his hand, but she didn't know what it was. The footage of the Feb. 6 shooting in Hemingway was released by state agents. The camera shows Hemingway Police Officer Cassandra Dollard, working alone, slipped and fell in a muddy ditch as she approached the man's car. She told him to stay in the car and fired one shot at close range as he came out. Robert Junior Langley died a short time later. Dollard is charged with voluntary manslaughter.
  • A South Carolina sheriff is defending Saturday's fatal shooting of a Black man who advanced on officers with a wooden stake. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told reporters Sunday that deputies can't be expected to sacrifice their lives in dangerous situations. A deputy shot and killed 34-year-old Irvin Moorer Charley in Columbia after officers were called with a complaint that Moorer Charley was being violent toward relatives. Video shows Moorer Charley advancing toward a deputy as he commands the man to drop his weapon. Lott says Moorer Charley rushed a deputy after an attempt to stun Moorer Charley failed. The deputy shot Moorer Charley four times.
  • A judge in South Carolina set a $150,000 bond for a small-town police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a man who investigators said led her on a high-speed chase after running through a stop sign. Hemingway police officer Cassandra Dollard was released from jail less than two hours after the bond hearing. Dollard was fired from her job with the State Transportation Police in 2014. Court records obtained by The Associated Press show she waited six hours t report she fired her gun at dogs while jogging and repeatedly failed to call in traffic stops to dispatchers. The agency said Dollard had a "well-documented run of extraordinarily poor decision-making."
  • A judge in South Carolina set a $150,000 bond for a small-town police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a man who investigators said led her on a high-speed chase after running through a stop sign. Hemingway police officer Cassandra Dollard was released from jail less than two hours after the bond hearing. Investigators say Dollard shot Robert Junior Langley early Sunday as he tried to climb out the passenger door after crashing his car. Investigators sat Dollard told them she feared for her life, but also said she didn't see a weapon in Langley's hands. State records show Langley has worked for six police agencies since 1994 and has been fired twice.
  • Relatives of the Black man shot by a white South Carolina trooper earlier this month say the trooper attempted an illegal traffic stop before the pursuit that led to the man's death. Attorneys for Tristan Vereen's family said at a Wednesday news conference that Master Trooper Whittney Blake Benton pulled Vereen over for a cracked windshield. Attorney Harry Daniels says the windshield wasn't a legal reason so Vereen had the right to resist arrest. Law enforcement officials say the stop was for an equipment violation.
  • Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers says deputies were trying to arrest 51-year-old John "Hayden" Inabinet III after he fired several shots at a family member earlier in the day at his St. Matthews home. Summers say he knew Inabinet for years and along with his family urged him to give up without violence. Instead, the sheriff says , Inabinet fired a semi-automatic pistol from the front porch at deputies trying to arrest him and one fired back, killing him.
  • As the verdict was read Tuesday convicting a former Minneapolis police officer in the death of George Floyd, a Charleston family listened and watched. Even more than one thousand miles away, the news hit close to home for the family of Walter Scott who also died at the hands of police.
  • A former South Carolina police officer serving 20 years in prison for killing an unarmed Black man who was running away from a traffic stop said his lawyer never told him about a plea offer from prosecutors that could have cut years off his sentence.