Monthly Archives: August 2015

SLED declines to release video amid new allegations in Seneca police shooting

Post and Courier article by Tony Bartelme:

State Law Enforcement Division agents Friday denied a formal request by The Post and Courier to release videos from a controversial police shooting in Seneca that spawned a federal civil rights probe.

The denial under the state’s open records act comes amid new allegations from a witness who said a Seneca officer placed something underneath the body of Zachary Hammond, 19, immediately after the shooting.

Quoting a letter from Hammond’s attorney to the FBI, FOX Carolina 21 in Greenville reported that a witness saw an officer pull Hammond’s body from the car and go to the trunk of his police cruiser to pull something out. The officer then reportedly returned to Hammond’s body, rolled it on the side, placed the object under his body, and then rolled it back.

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Justice Department opens civil rights probe into Hammond shooting; Huge success for Bland Richter

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 8.57.01 AMBland Richter has been successful in getting the Justice Department and FBI to investigate the shooting death of their unarmed teenage client by a Seneca, SC Police Officer for civil rights violations.

The department issued a statement Wednesday night saying that the FBI’s Columbia field office and U.S. Attorney would open a civil rights investigation, and that it would “run parallel to the state’s investigation.” The department said it wouldn’t make additional comments because “this is an ongoing matter.”

Bland Richter welcomes this investigation and Ronnie Richter thinks “should be good for all parties involved.”

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CNN: Family of teen killed in police pot bust requests federal probe

(CNN)The family of a South Carolina teen shot to death by a police officer has requested federal intervention in his case.

Zachary Hammond, 19, was fatally shot by a police officer July 26 while in the parking lot of a Hardee’s fast-food restaurant in Seneca, South Carolina, according to Eric Bland, one of the attorneys representing the teen’s family.

In a statement, the attorneys requested that the Justice Department, U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI intervene in the ongoing investigation due to what they called “the substantial violations of his civil rights” and the need for a “transparent and independent investigation of the Seneca Police Department.”

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