Arrests of SC sheriffs have colleagues worried

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Five of South Carolina's 46 sheriffs have faced criminal charges in the past three years, and their colleagues have noticed.

Sheriffs across the state plan to meet in April in Columbia for additional training and talks about what they can do as powerful figures in their counties to stay on the right side of the law.

Jeff Moore of the South Carolina Sheriffs' Association says the sheriffs hope to meet with the Corrections Department and get clarity on what is legal and what isn't with inmate labor. Three of the charged sheriffs are accused of misusing inmate labor.

As the most visible officials in their counties, sheriffs face much political pressure. And South Carolina sheriffs have considerable power. They often decide which cases are pursued, and they can fire deputies for any reason.

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Anonymous said on Tuesday, Mar 26 at 5:36 PM

Flaunt the law?? In general, it can be said that our law enforcement officers are held to a higher standard of conduct than politicians and the public!

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0U812 said on Sunday, Mar 24 at 11:49 AM

We all know that police in general feel they are ABOVE the law, it would require a total change in their way of thinking. This is something everyone knows will not happen. As long as they (Police) realize they aren't going to be held accountable they'll continue to flaunt the law at you and I.

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