NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Activists are comparing the death of Jamal Sutherland and subsequent firings of two Charleston County deputies to the death of Walter Scott and the murder charges brought against now-fired North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager.
“He was terminated from his job, charges were filed, and he was arrested that very day 3 days after the murder. All of this stuff saying we got to wait until the SLED investigation comes in or not, that’s not right,” said Pastor Thomas Dixon.
Dixon argues the same steps should have been taken following the death of Jamal Sutherland.
“This is a fight for our lives and we are fortunate to have those who are with us and who don’t look like us but realize what affects one of us directly, affects us all indirectly,” Dixon said
United Front Charleston Founder Jason Jones is among those pleading with Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson.
“Solicitor Wilson, right now we need you to understand that we need you to act and we need you to move,” said Jones during a rally and march in downtown Charleston on Saturday.
Activists also pointed out that Jamal Sutherland died hours after Charleston County Sheriff Kristin Graziano had been sworn in.
“There was no protocol in place even though we had the previous sheriff of 30 years, who should have at least started in case something like this happened,” Dixon said.
Dixon says he is confident in Sheriff Graziano. “She’s made some mistakes, but that comes with living and I’m not gonna judge someone whose been in office 5 or 6 months based on that,” he said.
Activists say that they will continue to march in downtown Charleston and call for justice for Jamal Sutherland.