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Alan Wilson Punts On Zachary Hammond Shooting




In the latest example of “establishment injustice,” S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson has refused to prosecute an undercover police officer who gunned down a Seneca, S.C. teenager over ten grams of marijuana earlier this year.

Wilson’s office informed state lawmakers of his decision this week.

This website weighed in on the totally unnecessary death of 19-year-old Zachary Hammond back in August – and again in October when the dash cam video of his shooting was finally released.

Seneca, S.C. police officer Mark Tiller fatally shot Hammond during a hastily arranged drug bust at a Hardees’ parking lot.  Tiller, working undercover at the time, arrived at the fast food restaurant in an effort to entrap 23-year-old Tori Dianna Morton in a marijuana bust.

Morton was in the passenger seat of Hammond’s car at the time of the shooting.

Tiller approached the vehicle with his weapon drawn and fired two shots into the car as Hammond attempted to speed away – this despite the fact police officers are trained not to shoot into moving cars unless they are dealing with a dangerous criminal and have been left with no other option.

Hammond was hit twice in the upper torso and died at the scene.

S.C. tenth circuit solicitor Chrissy Adams declined to press charges against Tiller back in October – and Wilson is now backing her decision by refusing to get involved with the case.

Shameful …

Even more disturbing?  The way this case was handled by local and state law enforcement – which waited for months to release the incriminating dash cam video (after it had leaked excerpts of text messages obtained from Hammond’s phone as part of an apparent smear campaign against the teen and his family).

There’s nothing about this case that isn’t deplorable, people … or the failed “war on drugs” it epitomizes.

Bottom line?  This bust should have never happened.

“Even if you subscribe to the anti-liberty view that recreational pot use should be outlawed, in what universe is entrapping a citizen over ten grams of weed a proper prioritization of law enforcement resources?” we wrote two months ago.

Several state lawmakers – including S.C. Senator Tom Davis of Beaufort and S.C. Rep. Todd Rutherford of Columbia – have been following the Hammond case very closely.  Let’s hope they continue to turn up the heat.

As for Wilson, this is yet another example of his chronic failure to do his job.