NAACP: Unanswered questions, conflicting info in deputy-involved shooting

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston NAACP president Dot Scott said there are a "lot of unanswered questions" and conflicting information regarding the recent fatal deputy-involved shooting of 51-year-old Derryl Drayton on James Island Saturday night.

"The family and friends of Mr. Drayton however say that the use of lethal force was not justified," Scott said during a press conference outside the Charleston branch of the NAACP on Columbus Street on Wednesday."Eyewitnesses allege that Mr. Drayton's hands were in the air, an apparent sign of surrender before he was tasered, shot and killed."

An incident report states Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputies were called out to a home on Greenhill Road involving a domestic disturbance between Drayton and his sister. After locating Drayton, deputies say Drayton resisted commands and swung at them, then ran away.

Drayton was located and tazed twice, but both attempts were ineffective, according to investigators.

According to the sheriff's office report, Drayton was shot and killed by authorities after he stabbed a deputy in the leg with a knife.

On Monday, the sheriff's office held a press conference discussing the incident, and also released dash cam videos and 911 audio tapes which included the deputies' communication during the incident.

"It's tragic and shocking when a supervising deputy, as can be heard in the video of the killing of Mr. Drayton, says,'Good job,' when the shooting stops," Scott said.

Scott said the NAACP has asked the State Law Enforcement Division to conduct a review of all the policies and procedures of all Charleston County law enforcement agencies given the recent incident and other shootings in the area.

"The most recent incident coupled with the March 20, 2012 killing of Carlton Pringle by the North Charleston Police Department, the June 2 shooting of Rickie Anthony Jenkins by a Charleston County Sheriff's deputy and the Aug. 19 killing of Travis Jerome Miller by the Hanahan Police Department shows a disturbing trend in local law enforcement," Scott said.

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