On Tuesday, the state of South Carolina released dashcam footage of a Seneca police officer firing at and killing Zachary Hammond for allegedly selling a few grams of marijuana to an undercover officer.
Lt. Mark Tiller contended that he feared for his life as Hammond supposedly tried to run Tiller over.
Yet the footage paints a different story then the one Tiller claimed to be true.
Warning: Video is graphic.
As the car turns toward Tiller, he screams, “I’m going to shoot your f***ing a**!” and then fires at Hammond after the vehicle was passed him. Hammond’s autopsy revealed he was shot in his side and his back. “He tried to hit me,” Tiller said in the video, in a sick attempt to justify his shooting.
Yet the State Law Force Department Division seems to agree that Tiller’s life was assumedly in danger and will not file charges against the officer.
Seneca City Administrator Greg Dietterick released a statement on Tuesday reiterating the absurd notion that “Tiller was acting in self-defense” as opposed to vindictively, unjustly shooting a teenager. To add insult to injury, he praised the closing investigation’s end as a chance for Seneca to finally move on from Hammond’s death.
"The past three months have been extremely difficult for the residents of Seneca, its city employees and the 45 members of its police force. While the effects of outside agitators to tear apart our community lingers, we are thankful the investigation has come to an end and shows Lt. Tiller was acting in self-defense. The night of July 26 was a tragic event for this community and I personally will always grieve for the Hammond family. I would like to thank the hard work of the local and state investigators who handled the cases expertly and professionally. I would like to thank Solicitor Adams, who suffered numerous personal attacks, for her diligence. I thank Chief John Covington for his courage and strength during these trying times as he and his family have been repeatedly maligned. I thank our Mayor and City Council for standing with us during this tragedy. It is now time to start healing Seneca. "
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