CCSO releases video from night of Jamal Sutherland’s in-custody death

Charleston County News


CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on Thursday released video from the morning of January 5, when Jamal Sutherland died at the Al Cannon Detention Center.

News 2 has obtained hours worth of the video. This is an excerpt from the footage.

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In one of the videos, a detention deputy explains the situation and the plan of action:

“Inmate is refusing to open the door, refusing to cuff up, taken an aggressive stance. He’s already said we have to use force on him. CDO Captain… has been notified. Judge is stating that he needs to be in front of the judge. [Unclear] has cooperation with control for the extraction. Medical team is standing by.”

With the video, Sheriff Graziano released the following statement:

Sheriff Graziano said that she was under a confidentiality agreement, which prevented her from releasing the video until the family agreed to do so. A copy of the agreement, provided by Sheriff Graziano, was given to News 2:


CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The family of Jamal Sutherland on Thursday called on the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) to release video from the morning of January 5, when Sutherland died while in custody.

The call came one day after partial video was released by the City of North Charleston, as the North Charleston Police Department was the initial responding agency.

Previously, CCSO said that the video was being held to respect the privacy of the grieving family.

With the family’s blessing, the release of the video is expected soon.

Charleston leaders issued statements ahead of the release urging the public to allow the investigation to play out and promising that justice will be served.

Editor’s note: This story is breaking and will be updated.

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