SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The National Action Network plans to hand deliver a letter to Governor Nikki Haley, asking her to remove Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet from office. They say they'll deliver the letter during a noon press conference at the statehouse.
Last week, the organization released a statement regarding an incident involving the Dorchester County coroner. They called for a full investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division.
"National action Network is not going to stand by while a Dorchester County Corner is overstepping his boundaries," read a statement by NAN released Wednesday afternoon." By S.C. law he can not act as a law enforcement officer."
The Summerville Police Department said the incident involved Nisbet pulling a gun on a man, Leroy Fulton, who allegedly pulled a gun on a repo worker, John Mauldin.
SPD authorities released dash camera footage from the responding officer's patrol car which showed Nisbet holding a gun towards the ground with Fulton standing near him.
Video by police shows about 15 seconds of police asking Nisbet to drop his gun.
"The fact alone that That Nisbet was reluctant to put his gun down shows some type of partiality to the situation," said officials with NAN."When he refused to put his weapon down, charges should have been filed. There are procedures that are in place and as a public official he should be accountable for such."
Nisbet said he wanted SLED to investigated him.
"I would rather SLED investigate me then me have to investigate a poor and working man getting killed in my neighbor's yard," Nisbet said.
The National Action Network's full statement is below:
National action Network is not going to stand by while a Dorchester County Corner is overstepping his boundaries. By S.C. law he can not act as a law enforcement officer. The fact alone that That Nisbet was reluctant to put his gun down shows some type of partiality to the situation. When he refused to put his weapon down, charges should have been filed. There are procedures that are in place and as a public official he should be accountable for such. If Nisbet was drinking he should have never stepped foot in that vehicle nor should he have taken his weapon. The rules should apply to all under any given situation. If he was a citizen would he have been charged with D.U.I.? Why was a alcohol test not administered?. Or do the rules only apply to some citizens and only under certain circumstances? We are asking Sled to do a complete investigation and if any laws have been broken Nisbet should be charged and turn in his resignation. He should not be trusted with a weapon in the public. Why did it take ten commands in order for him to comply, charges should have been filed on that alone. A life could have been lost. National Action Network will watch this closely.