U.S. Justice Dept.:No civil rights violations found against sheriff

Timothy Shawn McManus and Sheriff Al Cannon.
Timothy Shawn McManus and Sheriff Al Cannon.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the U.S. Justice Department say they have found no civil rights violations against Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon or his deputies in a case involving a high speed chase suspect who authorities say was slapped by the sheriff.

Attorney Sandy Senn said on Friday that neither Cannon or his deputies violated the civil rights of Timothy Shawn McManus.

On Jan. 30, 2012, investigators say McManus was arrested after fleeing from a traffic stop that Cannon initiated. Cannon said he observed McManus driving in a dangerous manner on Highway 17.

Authorities say the incident resulted in a lengthy pursuit ending on Steed Creek Road. A few days after the pursuit Cannon gave a press conference where he said that he had slapped and cursed at McManus.

Cannon said that he slapped McManus after McManus said,"Ain't nothing wrong with me." Cannon said he felt obligated to come forward to reveal he slapped McManus.

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