Laurens officer suspended for alleged misconduct
UPDATE: Officer is cleared of any wrongdoing. Scott Satterfield returns to work Tuesday after an internal investigation finds no evidence to sustain allegations of a racial slur or drunk driving. Satterfield was suspended for 3 days (with weekend the suspension time was July 14-18) for fraternizing with subordinates.
Reports say Laurens Police Capt. Scott Satterfield is suspended with pay as an investigation continues into his conduct on a trip to Myrtle Beach.
WSPA-TV and on-line news source FITSNews have reported details of Satterfield allegedly using a racial slur while playing pool in a bar, having a domestic dispute with his wife, and attempting to drive from Myrtle Beach to Laurens while he was drunk.
Three Laurens Police officers apparently have submitted statements about what happened June 23. The group was vacationing at Ocean Lakes Campgrounds at Surfside Beach, and went to The Bowery where Satterfield used “the N word” to a man sitting on a pool table. Around 3 am Satterfield allegedly got into his vehicle to drive away from the campgrounds, and the other officers called Horry County authorities.
An Horry County source told FITSNews no details would be provided and the on-line news source was welcome to submit a Freedom of Information Act request for the calls to 911 regarding Satterfield. A report said the officers also reported their concerns about Satterfield to Laurens Police Chief Sonny Ledda.
The FITSNews article includes statements by the three officers: