In a video that’s caught fire online since yesterday afternoon, a Richland County Sheriff’s deputy working as a school resource officer at Spring Valley High School tries to forcibly remove a student from her desk. Grabbing her by her arms, the officer upends the desk before he drags the student, while still pinned inside the desk, across the classroom floor. The student depicted in the video and a male student were arrested for disturbing the peace. The deputy is on administrative leave pending an investigation. One student is told WLTX: “That’s supposed to be somebody that’s going to protect us. Not somebody that we need to be scared of, or afraid.” Source: The State, WLTX
Upstate prosecutors say they will not press criminal charges against the police officers involved in the shooting death of Zachary Hammond, a Seneca teen said to have been the target of a police sting over a small amount of drugs. Police have also released the dashcam footage that had been sealed since the July incident. Source: G’ville News
In related news, the prosecution of police for killings is at its highest level over the past 10 years. Source: Reutuers
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham talks presidential politics on Morning Joe today: “How am I losing to these people?” Source: MSNBC
Senator-elect Margie Bright Matthews will be sworn in today in District 45 as the successor to the slain Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Source: Charlotte Observer
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hear from the public tonight ahead of a massive rail yard project proposed for the Navy Yard area of North Charleston. Source: P&C
Higher-than-normal tides and an on-shore wind combined for major flooding in some areas of the city this morning, but waters are receding at this point. Source: P&C
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