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3 indictments against SC officers in past 4 months

By JEFFREY COLLINS and BRUCE SMITH
Associated Press

EUTAWVILLE, S.C. (AP) - As communities around the nation protest decisions not to charge officers who've injured or killed suspects, South Carolina prosecutors have obtained indictments against three white officers for on-duty shootings of unarmed black men in the past four months.

Former prosecutor turned state legislator Tommy Pope says prosecutors are aware people think there's a good ol' boy network in the state and are extra careful to scrutinize cases involving police officers.

The latest indictment came Wednesday as a white former police chief and at the time the only officer in the small town of Eutawville (YOO'-tah-vihl) was charged in the 2011 shooting death of an unarmed black man after an argument.

Richard Combs' lawyer says he acted in self-defense because he feared for his life.

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