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The Politics Of Racial Shootings




By FITSNEWS  ||  This month’s decision by S.C. first circuit prosecutor David Pascoe to charge former Eutawville, S.C. police chief Richard Combs with murder in the 2011 shooting death of Bernard Bailey came as a surprise …

How come?  Well, the town 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 concluded last March determined Combs did not violate Bailey’s civil rights.

Yes, yes, yes … Combs is white and Bailey is (or was) black.

But did that matter then?  And does it matter now?

According to our sources, Pascoe purposely “no-billed” a manslaughter indictment against Combs in the aftermath of the May 2011 shooting – which occurred after Bailey stormed into Combs’ office to protest a ticket his daughter had 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.

According to one of our sources – a prosecutor with intimate knowledge of the case – Combs’ shooting “wasn’t murder but definitely was manslaughter and (something that) should never have happened.”

Pascoe didn’t agree, though, and reportedly pushed a misconduct in office charge against Combs – while working to ensure there was no indictment for manslaughter.

Of course that was before the August shooting of robbery suspect Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri …

Now Pascoe – a Democrat who sources say has his eye on S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson‘s office – has succeeded in getting a grand jury to return a murder indictment against Combs.

“The fact that he deliberately sabotaged the original indictment for manslaughter and now wants the press for a murder rap is ridiculous,” the source told us.

Wait … “deliberately sabotaged?”

“Right action, wrong motivation,” the source said.

Obviously Combs’ wasn’t “wired” at the time of the incident involving Bailey – so there’s no way of determining definitively what happened inside his office on that fateful day three-and-a-half years ago.   Maybe he did commit murder or manslaughter?  We don’t know …

All we know is the prosecutor in this case has done a 180-degree turn in the aftermath of the Ferguson drama …