CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Civil rights officials in Charleston are asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate a series of police shootings.
Dot Scott is local president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored people. She said Wednesday that some law officers seem to think that it is OK to use excessive force against black suspects.
On Saturday night, Charleston County deputies shot and killed a black James Island man who had cut an officer with a knife. Investigators said 51-year-old Derryl Drayton first swung at deputies after he refused to stop and be questioned.
Scott says Drayton's death is one of four police-involved shootings since March 2012 that merit a closer look.
Sheriff Al Cannon has said Drayton fought deputies' efforts to handcuff him.