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Volunteer agent shoots black motorist in South Carolina

FLORENCE, S. C. – The shooting of a black motorist during a traffic stop this weekend has raised questions about South Carolina’s education and the overview of the volunteer law enforcers known as inspectors.

Florence police say the agent rode along with an officer Saturday night when they stopped a driver and the agent injured the man, who is expected to survive. It is unclear why the agent fired, and the police chief says his officer is not examined.

State Rep. Terry Alexander, a Democrat, says he heard troubling information that prompted his own research.

The Post and Courier reports agents are appointed by the governor, and the ability to carry weapons and make arrests, but they are not trained by the South Carolina Criminal justice Academy and are not directly controlled by the State Law Enforcement Division.

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Information from: The Post and courier services, http://www.postandcourier.com

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