Solicitor Brackett won't review SLED findings on York police chief, cites 'conflict of interest'

jmcfadden@heraldonline.com, adouglas@heraldonline.comMay 5, 2014 

York County's 16th Circuit Solicitor's Office will not review the State Law Enforcement Division investigation into York Police Chief Andy Robinson because of a conflict of interest, officials told The Herald on Monday.

Instead, Solicitor Kevin Brackett says he's handing over the SLED case file to another office in South Carolina. The case could go to the 7th Circuit Solicitor's Office which covers Spartanburg and Cherokee counties, he said.

Brackett says he's worked with Robinson in the past to handle criminal prosecutions and will not make a determination on whether to bring forth charges as a result of SLED's investigation. SLED began investigating Robinson last month after York City Manager Charlie Helms asked state officials to review the chief's use of force during an arrest following a high-speed police chase.

Last week, city officials released video footage of the April 4 police pursuit and Robinson's actions during the arrest. The video raises questions about whether Robinson stepped on a handcuffed suspect lying on the ground after a police chase.

York police department officials, along with Helms, are reviewing whether officers followed department rules during the midday April 4 car chase.

Anna Douglas 803-329-4068, Jonathan McFadden 803-329-4082

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