SC attorney general answers questions surrounding lead prosecutor on Walter Scott case

Published: May. 15, 2015 at 10:44 PM EDT|Updated: May. 15, 2015 at 10:47 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC - It has been over a month since a former North Charleston police officer shot and killed Walter Scott.

Since then, some protesters have called for the removal of the top prosecutor assigned to Walter Scott's case.

“I think people should not be quick to react to having her on the case,” Attorney General Alan Wilson said in a Live 5 News interview.

The protesters cite a case Solicitor Scarlett Wilson oversaw in June of last year.

During the case, investigators said 19 year old Denzel Curnell shot himself during a struggle with a Charleston police officer.

Solicitor Wilson found no cause to pursue charges.

“She and I have spoken about this. Again, the investigation is being conducted by SLED and there is no conflict with her office at this time,” Wilson said. “I told the solicitor, listen, if you need some help we are here for you.”

In a statement, Solicitor Wilson said “the people of the Ninth Circuit deserve a prosecutor who is accountable to them.”

The Solicitor went onto say that her office has worked diligently alongside the Scott family.

Going forward, Attorney General Wilson said he is open to the idea of civilian oversight review boards to oversee police departments.

The purpose of civilian oversight boards is to allow citizens to investigate complaints of allege police misconduct.

“There are lots of ways to give the appearance that there is no conflict, and whether it is civilian oversight or whether it is sending a case to another jurisdiction to handle,” he said. “I support any and all of the above.”

Another solution Wilson stresses is diversity in law enforcement agencies.

“It increases confidence when people see folks look like them a part of law enforcement agencies.”

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