Cottageville councilman wants to abolish police department

Councilman George Addison
Councilman George Addison

COTTAGEVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A Cottageville town councilman said Thursday he wants to abolish the police department and have the Colleton County Sheriff's Office handle patrols for the town.

Councilman George Addison's proposal comes a month after one of the town's police officers shot and killed former Mayor Bert Reeves during a confrontation.

Addison says the shooting is not the sole reason he wants the police department to go for good.

"I guess the timing of it probably caused this action to be brought about quicker," Addison said.

Addison said Cottageville is a few hundred thousand dollars in debt, and getting rid of the police department will save the town money.

"The police department is very expensive to run and not paying for itself and the town has no more money to support them," he said.

Cottageville Mayor Margaret Steen declined to comment on camera, but off camera Steen said she's against getting rid of the police department.

"Highway 17-A would turn into a race track and the citizens would be in danger," Steen said.

Addison said he has the support of the three other council members.

He hopes to get his proposal considered at the July 11 council meeting.

Meanwhile the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the FBI continue their investigation into the Reeves shooting.

The solicitor is asking for a federal grand jury investigation into the incident.

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