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Four Horry Police Officers Suspended


February 23, 2002
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Four Horry Police Officers Suspended

Associated Press

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Four Horry County police officers have been suspended after an internal investigation revealed the officers may have violated a suspect's civil rights during an interrogation, authorities said.

Horry County prosecutor Greg Hembree said the officers were accused of continuing their questioning of Jeremy Williams, 19, of Longs after Williams asked to see a lawyer,

Williams has been charged with killing John Paul Downer Jr., 42, at Downer's home.

"It is against the Constitution not to stop an interrogation if a person has asked for a lawyer," said Williams' attorney, Ed Chrisco.

Chrisco said he requested audio, video and written records of the interrogation Thursday.

The officers were suspended for up to two weeks, according to the police department.

The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News requested the names of the officers and the reasons for their suspensions under the state Freedom of Information Act. But the police department said they will not comment on the investigation because it is ongoing.

State law allows a public body up to 15 days to respond to FOI requests.

"We have up to 15 days to respond and we will comply with the law," police spokesman Lisa Hammersley-Bourcier said.




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