LANCASTER, S.C. — Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies are refusing to release their reports about an inmate’s arrest and death in custody because they are being sued by the prisoner’s family.
The Herald of Rock Hill reports lawyers for the sheriff’s office say they are following part of the state’s Freedom of Information Act that allow public agencies to withhold information that could harm that agency.
South Carolina Press Association Executive Director Bill Rogers says that is ridiculous. He says police reports are always public records under the law.
Authorities say 44-year-old Randy Stevens hanged himself with a bed sheet May 20, a day after his arrest on a public disorderly conduct charge.
Sheriff Barry Faile fired two jail workers and suspended three others for the way they handled Stevens.