Official: No state charges for officer who fatally shot teen

27 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

No charges against officer in shooting of Zachary Hammond.

“I have completed my review of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s (SLED) investigation into the shooting death of Zachary Hammond on July 26, 2015 in Seneca, South Carolina. The lawsuit filed by the family claimed that the police officer yelled “’I’ll blow your (expletive) head off’” just before Hammond’s death and made other allegations that Hammond’s civil rights were violated. Regarding Paragraph 38, Defendant admits only that Hammond ignored multiple commands from officers to “stop” and “show his hands”, and instead continued his efforts to evade capture by using his vehicle as a weapon. In a letter to the media on Aug. 5, attorneys representing Hammond’s family raised questions after Seneca Police Chief Covington did not immediately release Tiller’s name and claimed that authorities, including Adams and SLED had not been provided information about the incident.

Attorney General Alan Wilson remove Adams from the Hammond case due to what attorneys cited as numerous conflicts of interest, including comments that she has reportedly made in court and because a case involves a law enforcement member within her judicial circuit. Tiller was acting in self-defense. “The night of July 26 was a tragic event for this community and I personally will always grieve for the Hammond family.

Attorney General and the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations. “The past three months have been extremely difficult for the residents of Seneca, its city employees and the 45 members of its police force. I would like to thank Solicitor Adams, who suffered numerous personal attacks, for her diligence. “I thank Chief John Covington for his courage and strength during these trying times as he and his family have been repeatedly maligned.

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