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Upstate sheriff goes in depth about police training

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LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The dashcam video of a Seneca police officer shooting and killing a 19-year-old in a car has some South Carolina law makers questioning both the findings in the case as well as the training of law enforcement across the state. 

"It was a bad shoot!" said Senator Tom Davis. 
 
Lowcountry Senator Tom Davis said later this week he will be requesting the Attorney General reopen the Zach Hammond case, and said its not just because he believes the shooting was unjustified.

A 90 day delay or a three month delay in releasing the video dashcam to the public and to me that's uncontainable," said Davis. 
 
Senator Larry Martin of Pickens said he thinks this case opens a bigger discussion about law enforcement training. Laurens county Sheriff Ricky Chastain said all officers in the state go through a wide of variety of training at the Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia.

"They go through use of force, fire arms training, drivers training, legals, criminal domestic violence training," said Chastain. 
 
Chastain said after they graduate the academy they train with an officer for two to three months before being released on their own. 

He said officers are taught three main factors that would justify using deadly force, "The ability the opportunity and the jeopardy, would allow an officer to use deadly force. It's not changes and I don't see where that can change."
 
Chastain said a lot has changed over the years in due to social media and the use of cell phone video,"training is not stagnant, it continues to evolve."
 
Senator Davis said the Zach Hammond case as well as the Walter Scott case in North Charleston which both made national headlines, are extremely similar in his mind.

"The only difference being in the case of Walter Scott he was trying to get away on foot and in Seneca Zachary Hammond was trying to get away by car."
 
Davis said he doesn't think that Walter Scott or Hammond should have fled from officers, but also said, "that doesn't mean that they deserved to be shot and killed."

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