South Carolina Police Officer in Custody in Fatal Shooting

By JEFFREY COLLINS, Related Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A small-town police officer in South Carolina was charged with voluntary manslaughter Wednesday for capturing and killing an unarmed man who led her on a high-speed chase after which tried to run from his wrecked automobile, investigators mentioned.

Hemingway police Officer Cassandra Dollard, 52, was charged with voluntary manslaughter within the capturing early Sunday after she chased the driving force 8 miles (13 kilometers) outdoors the boundaries of the city of 530 individuals.

Dollard tried to tug over Robert Junior Langley for working a cease signal and it changed into a chase the place Langley was driving greater than 100 mph (160 km/h), in accordance with an arrest warrant from the State Regulation Enforcement Division.

Langley crashed his automobile in a ditch in rural Georgetown County and was attempting to get out the passenger door when he was shot within the chest, brokers mentioned.

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Dollard instructed investigators she feared for her life, in accordance with the arrest warrant.

Investigators confirmed the household some dashboard digital camera footage of the capturing Wednesday morning, household lawyer Bakari Sellers mentioned at a information convention.

“They had been in a position to hear him being shot unjustifiably. They had been in a position to see him gargling blood and preventing for air,” Sellers mentioned.

Langley, 46, did not have any arrest warrants and made no motion that might have led the officer to concern she was going to be killed, Sellers mentioned. Langley and the officer had been each Black.

“He rolled by a cease signal. Add him to the record of Tamir Rice having a toy gun,” Sellers mentioned.

Langley, a father of 10 who simply grew to become a grandfather, labored at an area rooster processing plant, his household mentioned.

“Junior wouldn’t harm a flea — by no means would’ve. He was a very good man, he labored and he took care of his youngsters,” mentioned Brenda Williams, a good friend of the household.

Sellers mentioned the investigation appeared just like the officer made poor and unlawful selections that price a person his life.

“All as a result of a cop was, one, out of her depth and, two, apparently not skilled effectively or didn’t pay attention in coaching,” Sellers mentioned.

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