More dashboard tapes show S.C. troopers' abuse

Newly released videos from the South Carolina Highway Patrol show state troopers physically abusing motorists and engaging in other misconduct — but also portray troopers performing courageously in gun battles and car chases.

The State newspaper on Friday obtained dashboard videos, internal affairs reports and other documents related to 18 incidents from 2003 through last year under the state's Freedom of Information Act. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety also provided dozens of pages of documents — though no videos — in 10 other pending or closed matters.

A review of the material found that troopers were exonerated in seven cases that were caught on video and were disciplined in eight. In three cases, troopers were disciplined for altering tapes or deliberately not recording their misdeeds.

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