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Author Archives: J. Brooks Davis

Deputies not charged in jail death of mentally ill man

BY STEVE GARRISON, RICKEY DENNIS, ADAM PARKER and THOMAS NOVELLY, The Post and Courier Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson has determined her office would not charge two Charleston County jail deputies involved in the death earlier this year of Jamal Sutherland. Sutherland, a 31-year-old mentally ill Black man, died as Charleston County detention deputies Brian Houle… Read More »

DUI case points to another problem with South Carolina law

Editorial from The Post and Courier, July 26, 2021 The most obvious thing to say about Charleston City Councilman Harry Griffin’s driving under the influence charge that was dropped last week is that he wasn’t exonerated. Whether he was a lucky DUI lottery winner or was unfairly stripped of the right to prove his innocence is something we’ll… Read More »

U.S. Army lieutenant files suit against two Virginia police for assault during traffic stop

By Rich McKay, Reuter A U.S. Army lieutenant filed a lawsuit against two Virginia police officers in federal court over what court papers say was a violent traffic stop, where officers pointed their guns, knocked him to the ground, pepper sprayed him and “threatened to murder him.” The suit, filed by Army officer Caron Nazario on… Read More »

Officer who shot man used force 8 more times

BY JOSEPH CRANNEY, THE POST AND COURIER The Columbia police officer who shot a man during a controversial 2019 traffic stop went on to strike, stun and forcibly subdue suspects at a rate that is largely out of step with the rest of the department, records show. In the wake of the shooting, officer Sean Rollins… Read More »

Officer fired after arrest on DUI, hit-and-run charges

BY SARA COELLO, THE POST AND COURIER MONCKS CORNER — The North Charleston Police Department fired an officer who was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence and fleeing a crash. North Charleston police said Edward Jerome Clemens, 31, had worked for the department for five years. His time there came to an end Wednesday, according… Read More »

Plane crashes in neighborhood near downtown Columbia

BY JESSICA HOLDMAN, JOSEPH CRANNY and JAMIE LOVGROVE, THE POST AND COURIER COLUMBIA — A small plane crashed into a home in the Rosewood neighborhood, near downtown, on a foggy Wednesday morning. The small, single-prop plane hit a residence at 2909 Kennedy St. about 10:30 a.m. Fire and rescue crews arrived and firefighters soon got the… Read More »

McMaster urging sweeping reforms for SC magistrates

BY JOSEPH CRANNEY, THE POST AND COURIER COLUMBIA — Gov. Henry McMaster on Wednesday urged sweeping changes to the qualifications and oversight of South Carolina magistrates after a joint investigation by The Post and Courier and ProPublica exposed abuse and incompetence among the state’s front-line judges. McMaster pointed to that reporting while dedicating a portion of… Read More »

‘Strong recommendation’ but no rule requiring masks on planes

Associated Press The government’s top public health agency is raising the importance of wearing face masks on planes, trains and buses, although the Trump administration has resisted making masks mandatory for travelers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new interim guidelines for travelers, including a “strong recommendation” to wear face coverings to slow… Read More »

Airline pilots reported seeing ‘a guy in a jetpack’ flying 3,000 feet over Los Angeles

By Dona Madani and Andrew Blakstein, NBC News Two pilots on two different flights reported seeing a man in a jetpack thousands of feet in the air above Los Angeles on Sunday, prompting an investigation by authorities. An American Airlines pilot was approaching Los Angeles International Airport at around 6:30 p.m. when he called in… Read More »

SC cops call for more funding, support to address training

BY GREGORY YEE, POST AND COURIER Faced with high turnover, funding challenges and lack of consistent standards, South Carolina’s cops are asking state legislators for help. Law enforcement officials from around the Palmetto State addressed the lawmakers in an hourslong hearing on Tuesday, where they laid out major challenges facing their profession. Their biggest points: A… Read More »