COLUMBIA, S.C. — A sheriff’s deputy in South Carolina is suing a police association that offered legal defense benefits for law officers but refused to help a former North Charleston police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man.
The lawsuit seeks the return of the $23.50 monthly dues that some 40,000 officers paid to the Southern States Police Benevolent Association. It also seeks an unspecified amount of punitive damages.
The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed last week in state court in Charleston by Bland Richter for Lt. Donald Stanley of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.
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