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Richland County Sheriff Criticizes Ferguson Police

Plus, S.C. House Might Come Back Into Summer Session at Cost of $34,000
By Eva Moore
Friday, August 15, 2014 |

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott tells WIS that the police force in Ferguson, Missouri, has badly mishandled the aftermath of a cop killing an unarmed black teenager, saying, “I think Ferguson should be a textbook on what not to do right now, which is terrible.” According to the station, Lott says Ferguson cops “have been keeping too many secrets, and should have identified the officer who fired the fatal gunshots” to help win the trust of the community, which has been protesting ever since the shooting. (Authorities did finally identify the officer Friday morning.)

Speaking of cops shooting unarmed citizens, the York County deputy who shot (but did not kill) a 70-year-old man reaching for his cane won’t face any charges because he had no criminal intent.

House Speaker Bobby Harrell is considering calling the S.C. House back into session — at a cost of $34,000, if all representatives show up — to override the governor’s vetoes on two minor bills: One would allow a Murrell’s Inlet fire district to raise taxes, and the other would allow library staff to remove unruly patrons from libraries and have them charged with criminal penalties, according to the Post and Courier. Haley vetoed the latter bill because it could “deprive citizens of their ability to use ... public libraries for an indefinite amount of time based on mere allegations of misconduct.” An S.C. Policy Council staffer writing for The Nerve openly wonders whether something else might be going on, as these bills are not only minor, but weren’t exactly legislative priorities during the session that ended in June.

With the November election looming, Richland County still doesn’t have an election board in place, despite a judge having ruled in 2013 that the county had to separate its voter registration and election boards. (In April, the judge even issued a temporary restraining order to let the county know he was serious.) Rep. James Smith is forcing the issue, and says the legislative delegation will meet Sept. 5 to choose new board members, The State reports.

Gov. Nikki Haley is the latest public figure to have icewater dumped on her to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS. Her two kids did the dumping. In the video, she challenges Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney, Stephen Colbert and musician Edwin McCain to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge next.

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