Solicitor’s office turns over videos to NAN | News | The Press and Standard

by | June 29, 2017 5:00 am

Last Updated: June 28, 2017 at 12:06 pm

The 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office has responded to the Freedom of Information Act request concerning video from the March 6 arrest of Michael Wiegand by the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.

Elder James Johnson, South Carolina National Action Network coordinator, filed a request with the solicitor’s office for video footage from the incident at Wiegand’s residence that resulted in his arrest.

Jeff Kidd, communications director of the solicitor’s office, said the solicitor’s office had provided copies of the two videos that the sheriff’s office provided.

One was an approximately 10-minute long body cam video, and the other was a dashboard camera video approximately 17 minutes in length.

According to Kidd, neither video shows the actual arrest.

In a press conference approximately a week ago, Johnson said that NAN wanted the video camera footage in hope that it would shed light on the arrest of Wiegand, an apprehension that Wiegand said resulted in his being injured.

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  1. Comment by Mike Garvin

    June 29, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Interesting development on this story. There are a few questions someone may already provided the answers. First, how many deputies and patrol vehicles were present at the scene? Since CCSO was issued body cams, where is the data from those cameras? If there are more body/dash cameras not disclosed to the defendant, how does this correlate with the rules of evidence, discovery, etc. If there are more cameras with data, will the county release them to a the defendant in accordance with rules of discovery/disclosure? If the data is missing, hard drives formatted, or wiped there may be a problem for the county. If there is more data showing the defendant was in the wrong, any adolescent attempt to sue the county will fail and he will look extremely foolish.

  2. Comment by Rose proulx

    July 11, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    It is a shame that officials are allowed to beat and bully people, seems like the low country has a real dukes of hazard problem. If cams are to be on where are the videos. Who makes them accountable. Sounds like a sweeping needs to be done. Why was there change.org petitions to fire the sheriff due to abuse and racism.


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