Oct 6, 2008
A jury acquitted a white South Carolina state cop of violating the civil rights of a black man he deliberately struck with his police cruiser.
The whole incident was caught on video by the cruiser’s dashboard camera. The cop, Steven Garren, is shown running down the man, Marvin Grant, who was fleeing on foot. Grant was knocked so hard by the car that he flew up in the air. Garren then brags to another cop arriving seconds later, “I knocked the f*** out of him!” and “Yeah, I hit him. I was trying to hit him!”
Evidence in the trial also showed that Garren’s supervisor, Corporal James Grant, tried to cover up the whole thing. The supervisor was caught on tape in his own car, telling Greenwood County sheriff’s deputies, that if “we ain’t got (the suspect), (the collision) didn’t happen.”
Despite clear evidence of his guilt, Garren got off scot-free – just like any old smiling Jim Crow sheriff with his thumbs stuck in his belt, laughing about getting away with a lynching.