A recent lawsuit filed against the Horry County Police Department and individual officers highlights the systemic problems within the department.
While there have been more sensational headlines of sexual harassment of victims by HCPD detectives and a general breakdown within the entire detective division, this lawsuit demonstrates the attitude that is at the heart of the problems in the department.
The case is Brian E. Little v. Horry County Police Department et al. Case number 2016CP2604670.
In the pleadings, Little, the plaintiff, claims he had a building and a recreational vehicle vandalized by neighborhood juveniles.
In filing a report about the damage to HCPD officers, Little provided the officers with photographs from a security system on his property.
According to the pleadings:
HCPD officers did nothing.
Little, then, approached the mother of one of the juveniles and obtained a signed statement from the juvenile admitting to the damage, which he provided to police.
Again, nothing was done by HCPD.
Approximately two months later, Little’s property was vandalized again and, again, HCPD did what it does best – nothing.
Ultimately, Little began passing out circulars in his area about the vandalism to assist a neighborhood watch program. While he was passing out the circulars, little was approached by HCPD officers telling him he can’t pass out his circulars. Little complained to the officers that HCPD was doing nothing and, ultimately, they arrested Little for harassment.