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Group calls on Governor to remove Dorchester County's coroner from office

The National Action Network held a press conference Monday outside the Dorchester County Courthouse. (Photo Source: Live 5) The National Action Network held a press conference Monday outside the Dorchester County Courthouse. (Photo Source: Live 5)
Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet (Photo Source: Live 5) Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet (Photo Source: Live 5)
Still of dash camera video. (Photo Source: Summerville PD) Still of dash camera video. (Photo Source: Summerville PD)
DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

The National Action Network Monday called on Gov. Nikki Haley to remove Dorchester County's coroner from office.

At a press conference outside the Dorchester County Courthouse, NAN officials called coroner Chris Nisbet's behavior "egregious" when he pulled a gun on his neighbor during an early morning incident on Tuesday.

Nisbet told Summerville Police the neighbor was pointing a gun at a repo man who was trying to repossess the neighbor's car. However police say they did not see a gun in the neighbor's hand when they arrived at the scene.

Summerville police asked the State Law Enforcement Division to look into what was reported as a "civil disturbance." SLED confirmed Friday agents expanded a preliminary inquiry into a full investigation.

Dash cam video showed Nisbet ignored an officer's commands for 15 seconds until he dropped the gun.

State NAN President Elder James Johnson said if it were Nisbet's neighbor refusing to drop a gun he "would have been dead."

Rev. Nelson Rivers III of the National Action Network said Nisbet "demonstrated a gross lack of judgment and even more disturbing racist views of his constituents."

No one was charged in the incident. 

Nisbet said on Tuesday afternoon he welcomed a SLED investigation.

“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. 

A spokeswoman for Gov. Haley reiterated Monday she can suspend a coroner only if he or she is indicted for a crime of moral turpitude.

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