- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina prosecutors plan to study how their colleagues in the state and across the country handle officer-involved shootings.

The State newspaper in Columbia reports (https://bit.ly/2aDdeP7) the S.C. Prosecution Coordination Commission voted Thursday to create a task force that will review prosecutions of law enforcement officers.

Commission Chairman 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone said the study will try to find the best practices for prosecutors who must handle officer-involved shootings.

South Carolina had 48 police-involved shootings last year, including the April 2015 fatal shooting of Walter Scott by a North Charleston police officer, who now faces a murder charge.

Stone says the group will make preliminary recommendations in November, in time to help guide potential bills that could be introduced when the legislative session begins in January.


Information from: The State, https://www.thestate.com

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