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South Carolina Woman Lies to Cops About Being Assaulted by Black Man

Kristen Rimes fabricated the entire story and got arrested. How many Black men, young and old, did she put in danger with her false claim?

Police in Columbia, S.C., have arrested Kristen Rimes for lying about being assaulted by a Black man at a Walmart.

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A woman dubbed #GasStationGail called the police on a group of peaceful Black protesters, which included children, as they denounced violence in their Charleston community outside of a local gas station.

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Sheriffs Left Two Mental Health Patients Chained in a Van to Drown in Hurricane Florence Flooding

The deputies tried to help the patients "for a long period of time," but finally took refuge on top of their vehicle as the waters climbed higher.

Reuters

Two female mental-health patients in South Carolina have drowned after the transport van, where they were being held flooded on Tuesday.

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Driver Tells Cops She's a 'Clean, Thoroughbred, White Girl' in Attempt to Avoid Arrest

"Becky privilege" didn't work in this South Carolina driver's favor.

Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw was driving while intoxicated in Bluffton, S.C., and ran a stop sign at 60 miles per hour. When officers stopped Cutshaw, she thought her white privilege would earn her a pass, but it didn't.

The 32-year-old told officers she's a "very clean, thoroughbred, white girl." And, when police asked what that had to do with anything, she said, "You're a cop, you should know what that means," the Bluffton Police Department's report said, according to The Island Packet.

Cutshaw said she only had two glasses of wine, to celebrate her birthday, before driving (she had a .18 percent blood alcohol level). And, other reasons she said shouldn't be arrested include her perfect grades, the fact was a cheerleader and sorority girl, and her partner is a cop.

"Making statements such as these as a means to justify not being arrested are unusual in my experience as a law enforcement officer and I believe further demonstrate the suspect's level of intoxication," the report states. But drunk driving was only one of the charges issued against Cutshaw early Saturday morning.

She was also arrested on charges of speeding, disregarding a stop sign, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, the New York Post reports.

When Cutshaw told the officers, "You're a cop, you should know what that means," she insinuated that white people, or more specifically, white women, could be excused for breaking the law, in this case traffic violations.

And she wasn't far from the truth.

Black and Latino drivers are more likely to be arrested during traffic stops.

The Stanford Open Policing Project analyzes the rates at which police stop motorists in locations across the country.

"After accounting for age, gender, and location, we find that officers ticket, search, and arrest Black and Hispanic drivers more often than whites," the report states. "For example, when pulled over for speeding, Black drivers are 20 percent more likely to get a ticket (rather than a warning) than white drivers, and Hispanic drivers are 30 percent more likely to be ticketed than white drivers."

Bluffton Police Department officers actually searched Cutshaw's car, which is not the usual as "Black and Hispanic motorists are about twice as likely to be searched compared to white drivers," according to Stanford researchers.

They also documented that discrimination plays a role in vehicle searches:

"In our data, the success rate of searches (or the hit rate) is generally lower for Hispanic drivers compared to whites; so the outcome test indicates Hispanics face discrimination."

"This week, new data released concurs with the Stanford researchers' findings."

An analysis of more than 20 million stops in North Carolina since 2002 found Blacks are 95 percent more likely to be pulled over than whites and 115 percent more likely to be searched after being stopped. The research is included in a newly published book called, "Suspect Citizens."

Cutshaw happens to be in the minority of white traffic violators who've received a ticket, had her car searched and got arrested.

Man Hires White Supremacist to Hang his Black Neighbor

"$500 and he's a ghost," Brandon Cory Lecroy offered the hired killer — unaware he was an FBI agent.

A South Carolina man has been arrested after he attempted to solicit a white supremacist group to murder his Black neighbor and have him hanged from a tree. The disturbing request represents a modern-day attempt at lynching.

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KKK Assignment Asks Fifth Graders to Explain Justification of Racism

"You are there … You are a member of the KKK. Why do you think your treatment of African Americans is justified?" the assignment asks.

REUTERS

A fifth grade teacher in South Carolina has been placed on administrative leave after asking her students to provide a justification for the actions of the Ku Klux Klan.

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Jewish and Indian Attorneys are 'My Political and Biological Enemies,' Says Dylann Roof

An appeals court denied white supremacist Dylann Roof's request for new legal counsel on the basis of their ethnicities.

REUTERS

Convicted murderer and white supremacist Dylann Roof was denied his request to replace his attorneys, who he referred to as his "political and biological enemies" on the basis of their ethnicities.

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Charleston Church Shooting Victims to be Honored in New Memorial

The same architect who designed the National September 11 Memorial in New York City will be responsible for the project.

REUTERS

The nine Black churchgoers who were gunned down by a white supremacist in Charleston, S.C., will be honored by a new memorial on the church grounds.

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Racist Graffiti Found on Charleston Library Named After Church Shooting Victim

"There's no place for this sort of deplorable act in our community," a local councilman said of the vandalism.

TWITTER, KARINA BOLSTER

Police in Charleston, S.C., are investigating several acts of vandalism that have taken place since the weekend, including racist graffiti spraypainted at a library named after a victim of the 2015 church massacre.

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Lone Juror Forces Mistrial in Murder Trial of Cop Who Shot Walter Scott

Bystander video clearly shows Michael Slager shoot an unarmed Scott in the back from a distance as he ran away from him.

Walter Scott, a 50-year-old unarmed Black man, was shot in the back and killed as he ran away from a white South Carolina police officer in April 2015. A bystander caught the incident on video, including now-former Officer Michael Slager, 35, planting a Taser beside Scott's body as he lay on the ground dying — not even attempting CPR.

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107-Year-Old Black Woman, Daughter of Slaves, Ready to Vote

South Carolina resident Donella Wilson has voted in every national and local election since 1948.

South Carolina resident Donella Wilson has voted in every national and local election since 1948.

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Confederate Flag Raised Again at South Carolina State Capitol

Despite the incidents last week in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas, and protests in cities across the country, the South Carolina Secessionist Party ignored requests to postpone its Confederate flag-raising rally; while The New York Post suggests civil war.

Credit: CBS News

By Sheryl Estrada

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