By FITSNEWS || A white police chief from a small South Carolina town has been charged with murder stemming from the 2011 shooting death of an unarmed black man.
Richard Combs – the former police chief of Eutawville, S.C. – shot and killed 54-year-old Bernard Bailey in May 2011 following an argument over a ticket the Bailey’s daughter received for a busted vehicle tail light.
Bailey was shot twice in the chest by Combs following a scuffle in the police chief’s office.
The decision to charge Combs with murder came as a surprise seeing as the town of Eutawville (population: 300) recently settled a wrongful death case brought by Bailey’s family for $400,000. Not only that, a U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) investigation determined last March that Combs did not violate Bailey’s civil rights.
Oh well … just as the facts of the case in Ferguson, Missouri led to a decision not to indict a white cop for shooting an unarmed black robbery suspect (much to the chagrin of racial agitators and ratings-starved media outlets), the facts in this case have led to a decision to indict.
Now it’s in the hands of the South Carolina justice system …
Combs – who is already facing a misconduct in office charge related to the shooting – could face thirty years to life in prison if convicted.