SC Lawmen Gets Community Service For Car Vs. Running Suspect

A South Carolina trooper caught on video bumping a running suspect with his patrol car is being required to do about 100 hours of community service.

A federal judge on Tuesday approved a deal that requires Lance Cpl. Alexander Richardson to perform the community service. In January, Richardson was accused of violating Kevin Rucker's civil rights.

An April 2007 video shot from the trooper's dashboard camera shows him driving after the man over sidewalks and past onlookers.

Prosecutors recommended the community service for Richardson.
Richardson was not in court. His attorney says he is pleased with the agreement.

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  • by J Location: Gville on May 4, 2009 at 01:14 PM
    If I had been the officer, I would have done the same thing. Or blow out his knee cap with a bullet. Either one. i think he chose the better route.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on May 4, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    This officer should get a medal, but thanks to the hippies and trial lawyers he gets community service.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on May 4, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    Running is a form of resisting arrest, so how is the police officer at fault for "following" the guy? Say he does get out and run the guy down; what if another bystander steals the cop car and commits a crime pretending to be a cop? 100 hours of community service = just go back to work. The media here obviously didn't post the criminal's sentence because they wanted all the readers to focus on the cop story instead. Typical...
  • by Officer Location: Greenville on May 4, 2009 at 07:04 AM
    How much ya' wanna bet the thug who ran got his case dismissed? Too bad the trooper didn't run him over. This is what we get for electing liberal governors who in turn appoint liberal judges.
  • by Richard Location: Bertie on May 4, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    Who was the judge? This is a shame. Why did the suspect run? How were his rights violated? This is an example of how our system is screwed up.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on May 3, 2009 at 09:36 PM
    What a shame.... Isn't the officer job already considered community service?
  • by Chuck on May 3, 2009 at 09:28 PM
    Sounds to me like he already did the community a service. Every time he is on the Job he is doing the community a service. Sounds more like 100 hours of furlough.
  • by Retired 1sgt CHP on May 3, 2009 at 05:27 PM
    Many many years the bad cops caused alot of changes that now cause, the law enforcement to walk a tight rope now. I wouldn't be suprised if all the cops have a walkout one day.
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2009 at 01:32 PM
    Oh my gosh...Criminals have more rights than anyone else. Sorry for the trooper, he was just doing his job. The fool shouldn't have ran!!!!
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on May 3, 2009 at 09:25 AM
    What is the world coming to? If you run from the police you deserve anything you get. Personally I'd prefer the suspect get shot in the leg to prevent escape. You see it on TV all the time. A crack dealer gets caught and runs. When asked why they ran they say I didn't do anything, I was just scared. Yeah, right!
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