A racial bias audit showed Charleston police officers pull over black drivers more than white ones. Now, department leaders are enacting reforms they hope will address the issue by building trust and holding officers more accountable.
Coming off an audit that found deficiencies in how the department treats minorities, the department reached out to the Atlanta-based company asking to share staff training tips.
Residents of the Flowertown neighborhood off Boone Hill Road called police about 8:11 p.m. to report that shooters were firing into the apartments at Barshay Drive and Garden Lane, according to an incident report. Jaquarie Nasir Perry, known as "Quarie," of Summerville was walking in the area and was shot in the head.
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Advancements in DNA and other technologies have allowed police to revisit previously unsolvable cold cases, but getting a case through the court system to a conviction has proved a major challenge for even the most seasoned detectives.
Councilwoman Guang Ming Whitley proposed the idea to the city's Police, Judicial, Legal Committee in January so the committee can draft an ordinance. To ensure it doesn't infringe on state protections for gun ownership, the city will send it to the attorney general's office for review.
A Moncks Corner man suspected of aiding in the slayings of three St. Stephens men whose bodies were found Monday turned himself in to Berkeley County authorities Saturday afternoon.
Tiffany Janae Carroll's family says she set them free in September 2017, when she stabbed her boyfriend of two years when he tried to stop her from fleeing with her children. Authorities have released or dropped charges against survivors in similar situations, but Carroll is beginning a 15-year sentence after pleading guilty but mentally ill to a manslaughter charge.
Harold Alvin Champaigne, now 19, had originally been charged with the murder of Jaquan Moore, who was 19 when Champaigne shot him in August 2016.
Berkeley County deputies have charged a man with murder and are chasing another just days after they found three men dead in a car off a rural road near Pineville.
"Fortunately this case appears to be a misunderstanding," Officer Bill Martin said. "The juvenile took appropriate action in reporting the incident ... (we) encourage the public to report any suspicious persons or activities."
On Wednesday, Braulia Benitez Mondragon filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Hanahan Police Department and the city of North Charleston, saying their reckless pursuit of a speeding vehicle drove the fleeing motorist directly into her husband. An expert says it's not that simple.
The manner of death for all three men was determined to be homicide, Berkeley County Coroner George Oliver said. Autopsies are scheduled for Wednesday.
Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis said the initial call deputies received was about a vehicle that appeared to have been in an accident and was in a field about a mile away from S.C. Highway 45.
The health of a recently purchased dog led deputies to a property earlier in the week where the 272 animals were being kept, Sheriff Don Reynolds said.
The FBI is asking for the public's help in finding a convicted gang member from New York who is reported to be in the Charleston area.
Officers confiscated a gun and more than a dozen rounds of ammunition a 13-year-old boy brought to Haut Gap Middle School on Johns Island, police said.
The Richland County Sheriff's Department, of "Live PD" fame, has an impressive array of crime fighting tools. Officials hope they never have to use them.
A fire that broke out Monday afternoon in Mount Pleasant's historic St. Andrew's Church was intentionally set, according to police. Authorities arrested 22-year-old Landon Powers in connection with the fire, said Inspector Chris Rosier, a Mount Pleasant Police Department spokesman.
Charleston County deputies are searching for a male who tried to kidnap a 7-year-old girl from her home early Sunday.
In the months after the shooting death of The Darling sous chef Tim Haman, about 125 new cameras are being installed at East Side homes. Those who raised and donated money so homeowners can have their own cameras, as well as the recipients, hope it will address the pervasive "no snitch" policy on the East Side.
The officer was responding to a domestic assault on Gordon Street in Wagener Terrace around 6:45 a.m. when the suspect, David Branham Thomas, unleashed his pit bull on the officers, Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis said.
Earlier this month, Charleston police wrapped up a months-long narcotics operation that rounded up 15 street-level dealers. Department officials say they hope to make more arrests, and that they have a strategy in place to ensure lasting improvements to the neighborhood.
Nearly 90 years after the repeal of Prohibition, moonshine is alive and well in the woods — and the storefronts — of South Carolina. The heyday of money-making bootlegging has passed, but many moonshiners, and their descendants, are keeping the tradition alive both on and off the books.
A mother in South Carolina has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for arranging a fire at her mobile home to get insurance money and killing her son, who she did not know was inside.
Charleston police arrested a suspect on Thursday in connection with a New Year's Day shooting in the city's East Side neighborhood.
Courtenay Ambrose Smalls was unconscious on the ground when police responded to his home on Saint Francis Street in the city's Neck Area around 7:15 p.m., according to an incident report.
A woman has been convicted on felony ill-treatment of animal charges after North Charleston police found eight emaciated dogs, and one dog starved to death, at her boyfriend's house in 2017.
Florence County Sheriff Kenneth Boone pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement under $5,000 and one count of misconduct in office, a spokesman for the South Carolina attorney general said.
A 7-year-old girl was sent to the hospital Saturday night with a gunshot wound. She was soon treated and released, but police are still trying to find out how she was shot.
After weeks of searching, an owner found his missing dog, Bella, dead early Sunday down an embankment of the eastbound side of the 52 Connector, police said.
Charleston police officers have arrested 10 people this week as part of an ongoing operation to combat drug activity in downtown's East Side neighborhood.
A woman told police she'd left David Juan Bryant, 41, on Sunday. He'd put her on a bed, according to an incident report, then poured gasoline around her and laid on top of her, saying that "she was going to die with him."
Authorities arrested a suspect in connection with truck and dog that were stolen from a North Charleston Lowe's Home Improvement store last month.
Deputies and Highway Patrol troopers were met with an unexpected surprise as they checked for intoxicated drivers on New Year's Eve in Dorchester County — a bullet falling from the sky and striking a Highway Patrol car in the windshield.
Police have charged a man with second-degree arson after he allegedly started a fire at a Spruill Avenue apartment complex, displacing 16 residents in the early hours of New Year's Day.
Forty years ago, on New Year's Day, 1980, Kimberly Shawn Vaught's body was found on Naval Base Charleston. The 21-year-old had been strangled. To this day, agents with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service haven't been able to identify a motive or a suspect.
Earlier this month an Andrews church, Spirit Filled Ambassadors for Christ, suffered significant damage in a fire. On Monday, agents with the State Law Enforcement Division arrested a juvenile and charged the suspect with arson. Now, church leaders are raising funds to rebuild.
A 14-year-old boy was shot in the arm in downtown Charleston Monday night. Police are still working to determine what led to the shooting.
A Charleston man is offering $10,000 for the safe return of his dog, who was stolen along with his truck three days before Christmas from a North Charleston Lowe's Home Improvement store.
Berkeley County sheriff's deputies are questioning a person of interest in connection with a fatal shooting in St. Stephen Friday afternoon.