CHARLESTON, NC – Police officers in South Carolina and eight other states could join a class-action lawsuit in hopes of getting back the money they spent to fend off allegations of misconduct.
The suit, filed last week in state court in Charleston, came after the Southern States Police Benevolent Association refused to pay an attorney to represent Michael Slager, the former North Charleston officer who shot Walter Scott to death last year. Slager, a group member who had signed up for the association’s legal defense benefit, sued.
But many others in law enforcement also grew unhappy over the association’s decision not to cover Slager in the murder case, said one of his attorneys in the civil suit, Ronnie Richter.
Richter, and partner Eric Bland, then filed the separate class action that seeks to add some of the other 42,000 officers in the association’s coverage area.
Lt. Donald Stanley of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office is named in the suit as lead plaintiff of the potential class.
From The Post and Courier