A South Carolina white sergeant is charged with minor traffic violations of 21 black residents, and the city mayor tries to explain the sergeant’s actions. A woman told Lancaster City Council on Feb. 9 that Sgt. Fox 46 says Pete Beck ran her son over several times in a few weeks. “He said something about his light on the car, so Beck ran him over and got my son to get out of the car, search him, search the car.” said the woman who was not mentioned in the news channel’s article. “So I’m trying to figure out why you searched him, why you let him get out of the car, you didn’t smell any kind of weed, no drugs or nothing, so what was the reason you did that?” ”
As if to warrant suspected racial profiling cases, Lancaster Mayor Alston DeVenny stated that the city is using a method that has been used in the community for about 30 years. “When vehicle injuries in particular occur, the officer can stop a vehicle, accelerate, create bad taillights for all of these things, and be able to be present and see what’s going on in a neighborhood or in a particular vehicle,” the said Mayor: “It’s just a way to keep your eyes open.”
Katie Harris told the council Beck had pulled her son four times without a quote since December, according to Lancaster News. When she first met the officer, she said Beck had told her son he was being charged with driving without insurance, so Harris rushed to the scene to show his insurance card. “By the time I got there, my son was already pulled out of the car and they were looking for drugs and whatever else he was looking for,” Harris said during the council meeting. “Since that first stop, every time he sees my son in his Challenger with 30-inch rims, he has an excuse to overtake him.”
Timothy Duncan, another resident quoted in the Lancaster News, said the situation was becoming “outrageous.” “It is bad that a young black man like me has to be afraid of the police who are supposed to serve and protect us,” he told the council. Police Chief Scott Grant said the complaints filed during the council meeting would be “assessed on their own merits and checked against the department’s policies and the law of the country,” Lancaster News reported.
The council has been reviewing body camera footage available in formal complaints to police, the Lancaster News reported. “Every formal complaint made to the police has been investigated, taped for hours and interviews conducted, but it is clear that additional information is required,” DeVenny said in a statement the newspaper received. “The Council will continue to consider any formal complaint, seek both factual and legal advice, and then take appropriate action.”