Fulfmansbrother 
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Re: “Folly Beach Residents Report Police Harassment

“To serve our community by helping to provide a safe environment for citizens to live, work, and raise families, and enhance their quality of life by providing excellent law enforcement services, and always seeking to promote mutual trust and respect”, notes the mission statement provided by the Charleston County Sheriff’s office. It appears that Deputy Shawn James must have not been informed of these integral aspects of law enforcement. Many honest police officers operate within the framework of protecting and serving the community and may not receive a hint of recognition for their efforts, yet the undeservingly decorated Deputy James continues making arrests and earning brownie-points with city officials probably for his contribution to quotas being met and thousands of dollars being taken in through unnecessary and excessive ticketing of otherwise non-violent, and in many cases, completely innocent citizens. How does one measure a good police officer? Apparently not by the criteria of serving and protecting. Deputy James spends so much time arresting, incriminating, unfairly searching and seizing, and transporting these “criminals” around Charleston County he couldn’t possibly have any time to actually serve and protect. Anyone can notice a developing trend in the handling of these formal complaints. Those who were arrested are younger citizens of Folly Beach, whose complaints are investigated by other police and city officials. The fact that Deputy James is systematically exonerated on every one of these complaints is most likely due to the fact that fellow officers investigating these cases would obviously not find it prudent to incriminate a fellow officer and hurt the reputation of the entire department. The unfortunate part of this situation is that most of the victims of James’ excessive force are unable to afford attorneys to bring real charges up towards the deputy in court. I applaud Mr. Kovach and Ms. Conklin for their choice to take action and formally stand up for themselves. It scares me that an impulsive and abusive officer like James is given a badge and a gun and the authority to scare residents into a realization that we may be entering a police state in an otherwise peaceful coastal community. Even more disconcerting is the fact that it is the very tax-paying citizens who pay James’ salary that are being hurt by unruly officers like him being allowed on the street.

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Posted by Fulfmansbrother on July 14, 2007 at 6:24 PM
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