CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The historic South Carolina city of Charleston is removing a symbol of its legacy. City crews are working to take away a statue honoring John C. Calhoun, an early U.S. vice president whose zealous defense of slavery led the nation toward civil war. After a nightlong struggle, the workers still hadn’t managed early Wednesday to lift the statue from a pedestal that towers over a downtown square along Calhoun Street. The city and its mayor voted unanimously hours before to remove it, the latest in a wave of actions arising from protests against racism and police brutality against African Americans.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A prosecutor in South Carolina is expected to discuss his findings in the shooting death of a Black teenager by a white police officer investigating car break ins. Authorities say 17-year-old Josh Ruffin was killed April 8 after pointing a gun at the Columbia police officer chasing him. The police chief says the officer was trying to ask Ruffin questions. Solicitor Byron Gipson plans a news conference Wednesday to discuss his conclusions about the case after reviewing the findings of state investigators for three weeks. Officials have promised to release the officer’s body camera video of the shooting and other evidence once the investigation was complete.
CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) – Authorities in South Carolina said the parents of a 1-year-old girl were charged with her death after fentanyl was found in her system. Donovan Marshall Wright and Taylor Cheyenne Metz were charged with unlawful neglect of a child. The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office said the baby was taken to the hospital on June 14, where she later died. According to an incident report, the baby was fed from a bottle and fell asleep for several hours but when an adult touched the baby’s leg, it was cold. Kershaw County Sheriff Lee Boan said the fentanyl found in the baby’s system prompted the charge. It’s unclear whether the couple had an attorney.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina Tyson Prepared Foods plant will be closing it’s door in August, leaving more than 100 people unemployed. The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce announced the closure in Columbia, leaving 146 people out of work. A Tyson spokesperson said the company decided to move the production plant to a different location. Details on the new location weren’t immediately released. The company said the ongoing coronavirus pandemic didn’t influence the decision to close the plant.