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Group blames 911 operator for driver's arrest for failing to stop for deputies


The National Action Network says miscommunication between a Charleston County 911 operator and Charleston County deputies resulted in a driver being arrested for failing to stop for blue lights.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson dropped the failure to stop charge after reviewing the dash cam video and the 911 call made by Jamaal Reddy on Aug. 25.

Deputies stopped Reddy on Ladson Road for because of non-working tail lights.

But in the 911 call, Reddy told the operator he was afraid to stop on a dark road and asked for permission to drive to a well-lit area. When the operator told him to stop Reddy pulled over and came out of the car with hands up.

Reddy's mother, who is state vice president of the National Action Network is angry.

"It's not our job to educate cops on how to work the system with dispatch," Tina Reddy said. "They need to correct that problem. As a mother we're only supposed to tell our children what to do in case of these emergencies and I feel the system failed Jamaal."

A spokesman for the sheriff's office says it agreed to drop the failure to stop charge, but a DUI charge against Jamaal Reddy is still pending.

The sheriff's office is looking into how the communication was handled between the 911 operator and the deputies who made the stop.

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