Feds step in as S.C. trooper abuse allegations grow

Federal authorities are investigating alleged misconduct and civil rights violations by the Highway Patrol shown in videos in which state troopers used racial slurs, threatened to kill a suspect and — most recently — struck suspects fleeing on foot with their patrol cars.

The Criminal Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney for South Carolina and the FBI are investigating the allegations, a Justice Department spokesman told The State newspaper Wednesday.

That news came as the Department of Public Safety released three more videos involving misconduct by troopers.

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