Two women in Richland County sued a police chief in a small beach town in South Carolina, and sexually blatantly racist while a police chief in Sullivan’s Island attended a law enforcement meeting on leadership. He accuses him of sending a target and inappropriate image.
Emily Rideward and Ratane Gooding filed proceedings in Charleston County on Wednesday against both police chief Chris Griffin and the town of Sullivan’s Island.
Clay Hopkins, a lawyer at Charleston’s Hopkins Law Office, represents a woman in the proceedings.Hopkins didn’t immediately return a request for comment on Friday, but he I told Charleston TV station WCSC His clients do not believe that Griffin should remain the police chief of Sullivan’s Island and other municipalities.
Woman claims Griffin in complaint on page 7 Nearly 20 unsolicited and inappropriate images have been sent In November 2019, I attended the annual leadership meeting of the South Carolina Police Chiefs Association in Myrtle Beach.
According to a civil lawsuit, both Ward and Gooding were working at the meeting, and when Griffin approached them, they were laughing at the pictures on their phone.
Griffin asked to see the pictures and then offered to send them a little more. In the proceedings, it was unclear what image the woman was laughing at when Griffin approached, but Gooding allegedly obtained Griffin’s number and added the chief to a group text message with Ward. increase.
That’s when things change order.
The proceedings prompted two women with about 20 “no answer”, including images that characterized the proceedings as “sexually explicit, racist, insulting, and inappropriate.” Claims to have sent a “none” message.
When Griffin sent them his last message, the complaint said he then asked, “like one of those laughs.”
Ward and Gooding reported a text message to the Secretary-General of the South Carolina Police Chiefs Association, explaining how offensive Griffin’s actions were.
The next day, in a proceeding, the police association’s managing director and Mount Pleasant police chief Karl Ritchie said they had driven to Sullivan’s Island and shared an inappropriate message with town manager Andy Benke.
The South Carolina Police Chiefs Association revoked Griffin’s membership after seeing the message, but the proceedings allege that the town of Sullivan’s Island did not begin an investigation until the woman filed a formal complaint.
And when the town began investigating Griffin and his actions, the proceedings stated that the town “did not take any corrective action or disciplinary action against Defendant Griffin.”
Town administrator Benke refused to comment on the proceedings in dispute on Friday afternoon. Sullivan’s Island Mayor Pat O’Neill also declined to comment on the incident.
O’Neill confirmed that the proceedings against the town were “handled by a lawyer of our choice.”
The women claim to have experienced “humiliation, sleep loss, anxiety, nervousness, physical illness, physical and mental distress, pain, and distress” as a result of the town’s inaction to Griffin’s behavior.
According to his biography on the town’s website, Griffin has been the Chief of Police on Barrier Island since January 2018, but his career in law enforcement began in 1995 at the North Charleston Police Station.
He joined the Sullivan’s Island Police Department as a Patrol Officer in 1997 and passed through the ranks.
“Law enforcement is his passion, and he especially enjoys helping people, becoming part of the community, and developing the department for the future,” Griffin’s biography reads.
Ward and Gooding sued the town for negligence, invasion of privacy, and intentional mental distress.
They seek unspecified damages, a jury trial, and claim that Griffin’s actions against them were “outrageous.”