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Protesters use brooms to demand more charges against sheriff

HANAHAN, SC (WCSC) -

Protesters armed with brooms marched outside the Hanahan City Hall on Saturday demanding additional charges be filed against Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt.

The protesters accused officials of "sweeping it under the rug" when it comes to the Dec. 28 of DeWitt on charges of drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

The group says it wants to pressure Hanahan police to file additional charges against DeWitt.

For protester Robert Jenkins, he says he takes the situation personally because he said he was hit by a driver who then ran off just days before DeWitt's arrest.

"He has an office that prosecutes the same types of crimes," Jenkins said. "As long as he stays in office, they should overturn every conviction in Berkeley County and the town of Hanahan."

Overall organizers say that they applaud and recognize that the arresting officers put their lives in danger the night Dewitt was clocked at driving 100 miles per hour.

Protesters with the National Action Network and other groups held a similar protest on Tuesday, urging Hanahan Police to file charges of failure to stop for blue lights and siren as well as reckless driving.

DeWitt has served as sheriff for 20 years and was sworn in for a new term as sheriff on Jan. 4.

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