3 Upstate newspapers sue SLED over police shooting video

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) – Three South Carolina newspapers are suing the State Law Enforcement Division, demanding the agency release dashcam video of a fatal police shooting in Seneca.

The Anderson Independent-Mail, The Greenville News and The Journal of Seneca say SLED is breaking the state’s Freedom of Information Act by refusing to turn over the video, which captures an officer killing 19-year-old Zachary Hammond in July.

SELD says it doesn’t have to release the video because it is part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Prosecutors have not decided if the officer who shot Hammond should face charges. The officer says Hammond drove his car at him and he feared for his life.

SLED is also being sued by The Associated Press and Aiken Standard for refusing to release dashcam video in a different case.

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