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

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)
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 d ropped the gun.

State NAN President Elder James Johnson said if it were Nisbet's neighbor refusing to d rop 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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