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Alleged Racial Slur At Heart Of South Carolina Police Investigation

Police chief under fire …

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Officials in the town of Easley, South Carolina are reportedly conducting an investigation into an alleged racial slur used by their suspended police chief, Stan Whitten.

Meanwhile, Whitten is the subject of a related inquiry led by the office of Pickens County sheriff Rick Clark.

Details surrounding these investigations have yet to be shared with the public, however sources familiar with the situation have confirmed to this news outlet that Whitten was involved in a recent “incident” in which an alleged slur was said to have been captured on an officer’s body-worn camera.

City officials have said nothing about the incident other than it involves a “personal personnel problem,” according to Easley interim city administrator Tommy Holcombe. Whitten has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the inquiries.



According to our sources, Easley mayor Butch Womack requested a copy of the body-worn camera video containing the alleged racial slur as part of his city’s inquiry into the matter.

Upstate media outlets WYFF TV-4 (NBC – Greenville/ Spartanburg, S.C.) and WSPA TV-7 (CBS – Greenville/ Spartanburg, S.C.) are both reporting that the Easley inquiry is scheduled to conclude early next week.

Whitten has served as police chief of Easley since April 12, 2021. Prior to that, he was military police officer, U.S. Army investigator, Easley firefighter and Greenville County deputy.

Stay tuned to our news outlet for updates on this story …

UPDATE: Whitten resigns.



Will Folks (Brett Flashnick)

Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven children.



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Willie June 14, 2023 at 9:00 pm

OMG, he might have said a bad word! The world will surely end tomorrow. How f’ing awful…

Wayne June 14, 2023 at 10:14 pm

Unemployed white trash losers are hilarious.

Do another to make me laugh, boy.

Willie June 15, 2023 at 4:57 pm

Awwww, did your widdle fee fees get hurt?

Hint of Shoe Leather June 15, 2023 at 1:35 pm

He’s deep throating the boot at the moment, you’ll have to give him time.

Willie June 15, 2023 at 1:35 pm

Awww, did somebody get their fee fees hurt?

David. Biswell July 4, 2023 at 12:05 pm

Who do you know that hasn’t used a slur in one form of the other over there lifetime. Everyone on this earth has..all the way up to the white should they not be investigated and placed on leave also. I bet the mayor has probably done wirse.


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