SLED, FBI investigating possible civil rights violations

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The State Law Enforcement Division and the FBI say they're investigating possible civil rights violations in at least three recent law enforcement incidents.

In July, a Sumter police officer was accused of kicking a suspect in the head during a traffic stop. That officer was terminated after the allegations surfaced.

"Our position has been when we become aware of allegations that could be criminal, we deal with the personnel process quickly, and immediately contact SLED for a neutral and impartial investigation," said Sumter Police Chief Patty Patterson.

Later in the month, two Department of Juvenile Justice correctional officers were fired after being accused of beating a juvenile arrestee.

Forty-two-year-old Clarence Frazier and 35-year-old Damieon Moody were charged with third degree assault and battery by mob and misconduct in office.

Warrants say the incident started when that teenage inmate attacked a guard with a rock wrapped in a sock on June 3.

The latest incident comes from Kershaw County where a deputy allegedly assaulted an arrestee so hard he broke the suspect's leg, according to reports .

"As soon as we were made aware of this situation, we contacted SLED and requested that they investigate," said Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill. "This employee has been terminated."

SLED Director Reggie Lloyd said he appreciated each department's response in light of the incidents.

"These allegations do not reflect the professional work of thousands of South Carolina law enforcement officers each and every day," said Lloyd.

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