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White trooper says he had to run over a Black suspect.
A White South Carolina state trooper accused of deliberately running down a Black suspect with his cruiser says the crash was “an unavoidable accident.” (See the video for yourself) As for bragging later that he hit the suspect on purpose, Lance Corporal Steven Garren says he regrets doing that, The Associated Press reports. Garren is facing federal charges of depriving suspect Marvin Grant of his civil rights. In a video of the collision, Garren is heard telling a deputy he was “trying to hit” his suspect. He says while he did make the statement, it wasn’t true and that it was “dumb” and “stupid” to do so, AP reports. Garren’s trial is the first of two federal civil rights cases to come from a spate of police videos that showed questionable tactics by South Carolina troopers (see here). The videos have drawn scrutiny from the NAACP and the state’s Legislative Black Caucus, which helped bring the tapes to the public’s attention.