Tag: South Carolina

Ex-Cop Who Killed Walter Scott Faces Federal Charges

Former North Charleston, S.C., Police Officer Michael Slager gunned down Walter Scott, an unarmed Black man, on April 4, 2015, and lied about the incident. A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment, on top of state murder charges, thanks to a cell phone video recorded by a bystander. Principal…

Lawmakers in N.Y., S.C. Seek to Unwelcome Refugees

By Frank Kineavy As the conflict in Syria escalates and ISIS continues to grow its global footprint, state representatives in South Carolina and New York say that while they are sympathetic to Syrian refugees, they prefer they not be in their states, citing the threat of terrorism as the reason….

Clinton and Sanders Battle for the Black Vote

The first Democratic primary in the South will take place on Feb. 27 in South Carolina, where almost a third of residents are Black. Presidential candidates former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are competing heavily for votes. This primary is a litmus test for how…

S.C. Cop Who Killed Unarmed Black Motorist Released on Bail

The former South Carolina police officer charged with murder for fatally shooting an unarmed motorist in the back last April was released on bail Monday night. Michael Slager, 35, theformer North Charleston police officer who was caught on video shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott eight times in the back as he…

Petition Contests Charges Against Black Student Flipped in Desk by Officer

By Sheryl Estrada Photo via Twitter. Black parents and civil rights activists presented a petition with reportedly150,000 signaturesto South Carolina Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson on Thursday calling for him to drop the misdemeanor charges against a high school student who was violently arrested by a police officer. Former Richland…

School Cop Fired Following Violent Arrest of Black Student

Richland, S.C., Senior Deputy Ben Fields was fired following the violent arrest of a young Black girl, Sheriff Leon Lott announced in a press conference yesterday morning. On Monday, the 16-year-old student at Spring Valley High School in Columbia refused to put her cell phone away when asked by her…

Monetary Toll for Bad Cop Behavior Continues To Grow

The city of North Charleston, S.C., on Thursday night reached a $6.5 million settlement with the family of Walter Scott, the unarmed Black man shot in the back by a police officer in April. The City Council voted 100 to approve the settlement, which City Attorney Brady Hair said was…

Trump Tries, But Fails To Draw a Black Audience

Donald Trump says Black people love him. At an event in South Carolina last week he even pulled out a poll from his pocket showing “huge” support among Blacks, yet at that very event, co-sponsored by the state’s African-American Chamber of Commerce, there were very few African-Americans in attendance. Most…