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South Carolina Cop Guilty of Killing Walter Scott, Sentenced to 20 Years

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The South Carolina cop who shot and killed a man as he was running away from him, later claiming he was in fear for his life because the man was trying to take his taser, was sentenced to 20 years in prison a federal judge ruled today.
And only because a witness happened to video record the shooting.
The video shows North Charleston police officer Michael Slager shoot Walter Scott as the 50-year-old man was running away from him in 2015, striking him five times in the back, killing him instantly.
The video also shows Slager walking about 17 feet to Scott’s lifeless body and dropping his taser gun next to it to make it appear as if he shot Scott during a struggle over the stun gun.
However, Slager was not aware that a man named Feiden Santana was video recording his actions, which is what led to his termination and prosecution.
According to The State:
The video, shot by an immigrant from the Dominican Republic who was passing by the vacant lot where the shooting took place, showed Slager coolly taking aim and firing eight shots at Scott, 50, as he fled. Five of the shots hit the fleeing Scott in the backside.
 
Slager’s attorney, Andy Savage of Charleston, introduced evidence during the hearing to contend that Scott had resisted arrest and posed a threat to the officer in the seconds before the shooting.
 
However, Norton gave greater weight to prosecution evidence showing Slager had lied about crucial facts and tried to cover up aspects of the shooting so Scott appeared at fault.
 
Had there been no video, prosecutors said, it is likely Slager would not have been prosecuted.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge David Norton ruled that the shooting was second-degree murder as opposed to voluntary manslaughter, which is what Slager’s attorneys wanted.

Norton also said he will

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SOUTH CAROLINA PRISON NURSE ARRESTED FOR SEX WITH INMATE

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Prison nurses are hired to give medical attention to inmates, but one South Carolina nurse gave sexual attention to an inmate instead.
A Chester County Detention Center nurse was charged with having sex with an inmate and aiding an inmate’s escape from prison, according to a recently released Chester County Sheriff’s Office report.
Katherine Heckman, 38, was arrested on Nov. 28, 2017 following a 30 day plus sexual relationship with a male inmate identified as Sean Lyles, 33. Interestingly enough, Heckman is the daughter of jail supervisor Richard Odom. Odom is not part of the investigation because he had no knowledge of the encounters.
Cops received an anonymous email stating that from October 1st to November 27th Heckman and Lyles had a sexual relationship. Heckman took Lyles offsite on several occasions to have sex.
Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood said:
“I will not allow this type of behavior. This is not going to be tolerated, this is the first and last time. We got on this quick, as soon as we heard about it, and put an end to it.”
Underwood said he is looking into how Lyles may have been able to leave the property and return unnoticed, and what supervision may have been lacking. Heckman was not a sheriff’s office employee, but a practitioner nurse from a company that contracts with the sheriff’s office to provide medical services at the detention center.
Heckman who is also an EMT has been suspended without pay by the Chester County EMS, pending the results of a criminal investigation. If Heckman’s EMT license is revoked because of this situation, the county will end her employment.
Heckman is charged with first-degree sexual misconduct with an inmate and escape/aiding escape from prison; she was booked and released on a $22,000 bond, according to jail records. Lyles, who is already serving time for an unrelated crime,

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South Carolina Female Sheriff’s Deputy Has Sex with 5 Male Deputies on Duty

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

The last thing the public would expect is for cops to have sex with each other on the job in uniform (well actually out of uniform because clothes are off), but that is exactly what five South Carolina sheriff’s deputies did with a female sheriff’s deputy on duty.
From sargents to lieutenants to captains, five sheriff’s deputies from the York County Sheriff’s Department were disciplined for having sex on the job with the same female deputy.  Sgt. Jennifer Forsythe for whatever reason had consensual sexual relationships on duty with several of her co-workers over a period of 14 years.
Sgt. Forsythe was even an employee of the month at one time. Now she is fired along with her on the job lover Deputy Daniel Hamrick. They both admitted to the relationship.
The Charlotte Observer reports that an anonymous complaint in late July 2017 started the investigation. The York County Sheriff’s Department launched an internal affairs investigation into the matter and discovered that Sgt. Forsythe had sexual encounters on duty on the property of the sheriff’s department. Once Sheriff Kevin Tolson was briefed on the police sexual escapades he took swift action in firing Sgt. Forsythe and Deputy Hamrick because they actually had their sex on the job from 2012 to as recent as 2017.
Sgt. Wayne Richardson, Sgt. Buddy Brown and Capt. Carson Neely were suspended for two weeks without pay because their on duty sex with Sgt. Forsythe happened years ago. Lieutenant Brian Boling was demoted and suspended for his on the job sex with Sgt. Forsythe.
 
Sheriff Tolson said
“The results of this investigation are very troubling and cast a dark cloud over the York County Sheriff’s Office and its reputation as a professional organization. The actions of these officers have undermined the public’s confidence in our organization and required swift and serious action. Make no

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South Carolina Deputy Coerced 11-Year-Old Girl to Send Nudes of Herself Masturbating

Monday, February 6th, 2017

A 41-year-old South Carolina deputy was arrested Monday for coercing and intimidating an 11-year-old girl into sending him nude photos of herself, threatening to spread the photos she had already sent him if she did not send him more, including photos of herself masturbating.
Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Sergeant Christopher Wilbanks posed as a 14-year-old boy named “Redneck Rick” while communicating with the girl through the Kik app.
The girl, who lives in Washington and told the sergeant she was 12 years old, began by sending him photos of herself fully clothed in which she was smiling.
And she was at first reluctant to send any nude photos, according to the criminal complaint, which you can read here. 
But Wilbanks persuaded her to send a photo of her bare breasts, which he promised to delete after viewing it.
But he then threatened to show other people that photo unless she sent him more photos.
Wilbanks ended up badgering her for a total of 22 photos, which became increasingly more explicit, showing her increasingly distraught and crying with each additional photo.
Wilbanks told her she needed to smile more, then demanded she send him videos, telling her to “insert her fingers” and “spread her pussy,” according to the complaint.
The girl appeared confused and naive, not seeming to understand what he meant.
Wilbanks had contacted her through the Kik app on January 2, 2017. The following day, the girl’s mother contacted police in Washington, who then contacted Homeland Security.
It took several weeks of tracking the phone number to Wilbanks with the cooperation of cell phone companies.
When federal agents interviewed Wilbanks on February 3, he told them the phone number was his, but he had destroyed his phone on the way to the interview.
But the federal agent already had a printout of the conversation between the sergeant and the girl.
Wilbanks also admitted he used

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South Carolina Judge Declares Mistrial in Police Shooting Death of Walter Scott

Monday, December 5th, 2016

One juror refused to convict the South Carolina police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott as he ran away – even though the incident was captured on video – resulting in a mistrial Monday afternoon.
“I cannot and will not change my mind,” the lone juror was quoted as saying last week, even after the judge insisted the 12-person jury continue deliberating until reaching a decision.
But Judge Clifton Newman declared a mistrial today, allowing North Charleston police officer Michael Slager to possibly walk free.
“We as the jury regret to inform the court that despite the best efforts of all members, we are unable to come to a unanimous decision,” Clifton read from a note written by the jury, according to the Washington Post.
It is now up to prosecutors to determine if they want to retry Slager on manslaughter or murder for the April 4, 2105 incident.
But Slager was unaware that a witness named Feiden Santana was recording the incident, which is what led to him being charged in Scott’s death. He was also fired shortly after the video surfaced.
Slager, 35, had pulled over Scott, 50, for a broken taillight, but Scott fled, apparently to avoid going to jail for unpaid child support.
Slager chased him, then shot him five times in the back, then threw down a taser near his body in what appeared to be an attempt to make it seem as if Scott was trying to take it away from him – which would have justified the shooting.
“Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my taser.”
A police report stated that police officers attempted to administer CPR on Scott, but that is not evident on the video.
The trial lasted five weeks with a jury consisting of 11 white people and one black person.
At one point, Slager took the

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Three South Carolina Prison Guards Charged With Attempted Murder for Stabbing Handcuffed Inmate

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

A male inmate was handcuffed in his cell when three guards stabbed the inmate multiple times. The stabbing occurred at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina.
Jarrell Boyan, 26, Pernell Fogle, 24, and Jaquan Smith, 24, have now been arrested for attempted murder and misconduct in office. And they have all been fired from the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
The charges against the three officers were announced on December 1st just one day after they were fired.
The incident took place on October 6, 2016 when the three officers rushed into an inmate’s cell, stabbing the inmate four times in the torso according to ABC Columbia.
The attempted murder charges could send the guards to prison for 30 years.
Little details are available now, but this is the second employee firing at the Kirkland Correctional Institution this week. Corrections Officer Tierra Armstrong hit a handcuffed male inmate in the face several times. Armstrong was arrested for 3rd degree assault and ultimately fired.
Under staffing and bad pay at the prison make the guards feel unsafe and in return they lash out on inmates.
 
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Three South Carolina Prison Guards Charged With Attempted Murder for Stabbing Handcuffed Inmate

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

A male inmate was handcuffed in his cell when three guards stabbed the inmate multiple times. The stabbing occurred at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina.
Jarrell Boyan, 26, Pernell Fogle, 24, and Jaquan Smith, 24, have now been arrested for attempted murder and misconduct in office. And they have all been fired from the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
The charges against the three officers were announced on December 1st just one day after they were fired.
The incident took place on October 6, 2016 when the three officers rushed into an inmate’s cell, stabbing the inmate four times in the torso according to ABC Columbia.
The attempted murder charges could send the guards to prison for 30 years.
Little details are available now, but this is the second employee firing at the Kirkland Correctional Institution this week. Corrections Officer Tierra Armstrong hit a handcuffed male inmate in the face several times. Armstrong was arrested for 3rd degree assault and ultimately fired.
Under staffing and bad pay at the prison make the guards feel unsafe and in return they lash out on inmates.
 
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Rick Scott sends resources to three states to help in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Three Southern states will be getting a helping hand from Florida.
Gov. Rick Scott announced the state is sending 18 semi-trucks filled with meal kits to six cities in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The meal kits will be sent to food banks, which will then distribute meals to families impacted by the hurricane.
“While Hurricane Matthew caused damage in Florida, we are blessed to not have the impacts and destruction seen in our neighboring states,” the governor said in a statement. “When disaster strikes, we all have a role to play in helping our neighbors recover and providing whatever help and resources we can to get folks back on their feet.”
The meals will be distributed to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia in Savannah, Lowcountry Food Bank in Charleston, South Carolina; Harvest Hope Food Hank in Columbia, South Carolina; the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh; Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina in Fayetteville; and the Food Bank of Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
The Governor’s Office said the state purchased the meal kits in preparation for the hurricane. Since the state didn’t need them, Scott said the state is “shipping them off to those who need help right now.”
“I have reached out to the Governors of these states to let them know Florida stands ready to help them and that their residents are in our thoughts and prayers,” said Scott in a statement
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Rick Scott won’t extend voter registration deadline

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday night said the state’s deadline next Tuesday to register to vote is staying put.
“I’m not going to extend it,” Scott told reporters at a Hurricane Matthew briefing in the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.
“Everybody has had a lot of time to register,” he said. “On top of that, we’ve got lots of opportunities to vote: Early voting, absentee voting and Election Day. So I don’t intend to make any changes.”
The campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had asked Florida election officials to extend the deadline because of the storm’s potential to get in the way of latecomers trying to get on the voting rolls.
CNN reported that Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said, “We are hoping and expecting that officials in Florida will adapt deadlines to account for the storm.”
“Our hope would be that a little bit more time will be given for people who were expecting to be able to get registered before the election,” Mook said.
The hurricane has caused the South Carolina Election Commission to extend that state’s registration deadline, which was Saturday, according to The Post and Courier of Charleston.
Mailed voter registration forms that are postmarked as late as Oct. 11 now will be accepted, the newspaper reported.
Palmetto State residents intending to register in person still must do so by Saturday, it added, but noted many county and state offices will be closed by the storm.
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Hundreds of thousands flee Florida coast to escape Matthew’s fury

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of anxious people boarded up their homes and businesses and grabbed a few belongings to flee inland as Hurricane Matthew gained strength and roared toward the Southeast seaboard on Thursday.
In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott said the state, its skies already darkening from early outer rain bands of the life-threatening storm, could be facing its “biggest evacuation ever” as Matthew menaces almost all the state’s Atlantic coast.
As people hurried for higher ground, authorities in South Carolina said a motorist died on Wednesday after being shot by deputies during an altercation along an evacuation route.
Scott said Florida, its skies already darkening from early outer rain bands of the life-threatening storm, could be facing its “biggest evacuation ever” as Matthew menaces almost all the state’s Atlantic coast.
About 2 million people from Florida across Georgia to South Carolina were being encouraged to head inland and away from the most powerful storm to threaten the Atlantic coast in more than a decade. Matthew killed at least 16 people in the Caribbean as it sliced through Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas.
“This is a dangerous storm,” Scott warned. “The storm has already killed people. We should expect the same impact in Florida.”
Hurricane Matthew is barreling over the Bahamas and taking aim at Florida, expected to near the Atlantic coast starting Thursday night. The Category 3 storm has top sustained winds of 125 mph. Florida hasn’t been hit by a storm this powerful in more than a decade.
Florida emergency officials said 48 shelters in schools already have begun providing refuge to more than 3,000 people, some with special needs, mostly in coastal counties where evacuations both mandatory and voluntary were underway. Patients also were transferred from two Florida waterfront hospitals and a nursing home near Daytona Beach to safer locations.
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Evacuations underway in 2 Florida counties

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in Brevard County, and voluntary evacuations have been activated in St. Lucie County, but Gov. Rick Scott urged other coastal residents potentially in harm’s way not to wait to be told to leave.
The governor said during a Wednesday morning news conference that “if you’re able to go early, leave now.” The mandatory evacuations were scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
The slow-moving storm was expected to drench the coast from the Keys through central Florida, storm surge up to 5 feet deep was expected along the Atlantic coast, and the hurricane could produce tornadoes. Even if Matthew doesn’t come ashore, its tropical storm-force winds could reach the state.
In his 5 a.m. analysis of the forecast models for Matthew’s track along the Atlantic coast, senior hurricane specialist Daniel Brown wrote, “Only a slight deviation to the west of forecast track could result in landfall in Florida.”
“We must prepare to be hit by a devastating hurricane,” Scott said.
“This is a dangerous storm and it’s never too early to evacuate,” Scott said. “If you live in a low-lying area or on a barrier island, go ahead and leave.”
Republished with permission of the associated Press.
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Hurricane warning extended for Florida’s coast

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

The National Hurricane Center has extended the hurricane warning northward in Florida as Matthew heads toward the East Coast.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Matthew is heading toward the Bahamas after hitting Cuba hard.
The hurricane center says the hurricane was about 105 miles (165 kilometers) south of Long Island, Bahamas. It has maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kph).
The hurricane center said there is a danger of life-threatening inundation during the next 36 hours along Florida’s east coast from North Palm Beach to the Flagler/Volusia county line. There is the possibility of life-threatening inundation during the next 48 hours from north of the Flagler/Volusia county line to Fernandina Beach.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Nicole is moving west-northwestward over the western Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph). It poses no threat to land.
The U.S. government says its disaster assessment teams are working to evaluate the effects of Hurricane Matthew a day after the storm blew across a portion of southwestern Haiti with winds of 145 mph (233 kph).
USAID official R. David Harden told reporters in a conference call Wednesday that it had pre-positioned emergency food and other aid in advance of the storm. The assistant administrator for the bureau for democracy, conflict, and humanitarian assistance said the area was “hit pretty hard” but the agency has not yet completed an assessment.
Harden said the U.S. is offering $1 million in food assistance and $500,000 in non-foot items such as blankets, shelters and hygiene kits.
Western Hemisphere Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary Kenneth Merten said on the call that it is up to Haiti whether it will go ahead with planned national elections on Sunday. He said the U.S. interest is only that they have fair and credible elections and that they be held either on Sunday or the “not too distant future.”
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Former South Carolina Police Chief Killed An Unarmed Black Man, Sentenced To 1 Year House Arrest

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

On Tuesday, prosecutors agreed to drop the murder charge against a former South Carolina police chief in exchange for a guilty plea to “misconduct in office.” Richard Combs, 38, had been facing 30 years in prison for the murder of 54-year-old Bernard Bailey in 2011. The former Chief will only serve a one-year home detention sentence …
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Chris Timmons: The GOP needs a new Nixon plan for blacks

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Let’s circle back to Jeb Bush’s National Urban League address from several weeks ago, because if a big, pointed word must be used, it is “symptomatic” of Republican racial complacency.
(It’s best to exclude Ben Carson, because like all black Republicans from Allen West to Tim Scott, he momentarily forgets that he is black. Colorblindness is infectious, you know.)
Bush told us that after his close loss to Lawton Chiles in the 1994 gubernatorial election he went through one of those “transformations” that recovered his sense of humanity: He converted to Catholicism, he began volunteering at the local Urban League (he cares!), started a local charter school (he seriously cares!).
Establishing that he seriously cares, Bush extrapolated his newfound appreciation of the black underclass to bedrock convictions about what can alleviate black ills: a two-parent family, K-12 school vouchers, and a national economy growing at 4 percent annually.
According to the economists, the last maybe a bit far-fetched. The rest is, underwhelming, to say the least.
But no one would be surprised by this lackluster policy approach toward black woes on the part of a Republican, although one may have had hope for Bush because of his affinity for “big, hairy, audacious” ideas or the realization that he had stumbled in his initial response to the Confederate flag fracas in South Carolina.
Alas, no.
There was no intelligible and substantive policy because Bush is still using the Ronald Reagan mode of engagement with blacks.
Not necessarily, a “welfare queens”  stance but a sly perversion of the late academic and U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s  too frequently trotted out point that the problems of black life are embedded in a pathological and cultural misanthropy. Wrong!
Hence the need for a “two-parent” family, according to Bush.
Beside the point!
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