Who was in charge? New video calls into question leadership during Jamal Sutherland death at detention center

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Video obtained by News 2 sheds light on who was in charge the morning of Jamal Sutherland’s death at the Al Cannon Detention Center.


In a sit-down with Charleston County Sheriff Kristin Graziano last week, she told us Chief Deputy Willis Beatty was in charge at the time Sutherland died, but new video calls that timeline into question.

Graziano remembered Beatty leaving sometime in the afternoon.

“He was relieved at noon that day, the day of Jamal Sutherland’s death. I believe he was out the door by 12:30 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. that afternoon and he was escorted by our staff,” she says.

Surveillance video, however, shows Beatty being escorted out between 8:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., along with his belongings. Video also shows deputies cleaning out his county-issued vehicle.

Sutherland was pronounced dead around 10:30 a.m. that morning, meaning Beatty was gone before Sutherland’s death.

News 2 has reached out to Sheriff Graziano for clarification but has not yet received a response.

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