Deputy demands police group return dues to 40,000 officers

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy in South Carolina is suing a police association that offered legal defense benefits for law officers but refused to help a former North Charleston police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man.

The lawsuit seeks the return of the $23.50 monthly dues that some 40,000 officers paid to the Southern States Police Benevolent Association.

The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed last week in state court in Charleston by attorneys for Lt. Donald Stanley of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

It doesn’t name Michael Slager, charged with the April 2015 murder of Walter Scott. Slager filed a separate lawsuit against the association last year after it refused to help him.

Attorney Ronnie Richter says many officers weren’t happy with the association’s refusal to help Slager.

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