Dashcam Video Shows SC Police Officer Fatally Shooting Suspect
EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) _A dashcam video shows a white South Carolina police officer stick his gun into the window of a black driver’s car before pulling the weapon out and killing the man.
State police released the video of North Augusta police Officer Justin Craven shooting Ernest Satterwhite on Monday after Craven pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to three years of probation. The Associated Press has been asking to see the video for nearly two years since the February 2014 shooting.
In the footage, Craven runs up to Satterwhite’s car after a 13-minute chase. He sticks his gun in Satterwhite’s open window, and a black arm is seen pushing at the pistol. Craven pulls the weapon out and fires several shots.
Police experts say an officer should never charge at a suspect without determining whether the person is dangerous.