HEMINGWAY, SC (AP) – The family of a man killed by a South Carolina police officer who is now charged came out on Saturday to honor his life and protest against his death.
More than 50 people marched along Main Street in the small town of Hemingway in Williamsburg County, South Carolina, calling for justice as part of the “Stop Killing Us” March.
“We’re glad we’re together, but it’s sad that we had to get together,” organizer Trojan Wilson said.
Robert Jr. Langley, 46, was killed Feb. 6 after investigators said he drove through a stop sign and led Hemingway Police Officer Cassandra Dollard on a 9-mile chase to Georgetown County.
According to government agents, Dollard shot Langley when he crashed and tried to get out of the passenger side of his car. She told investigators she feared for her life, but also that she never confirmed he had a weapon. According to the arrest warrant, no weapons were found at the scene of the shooting.
Dollar is accused of manslaughter and faces 2 to 30 years in prison if convicted. She was fired from the police department four days after the shooting. She is currently on bail and is due to appear in court in April. It was not immediately known whether she was represented by a lawyer who could speak on her behalf.
Langley’s mother said that even if the officer was convicted, it would not bring back her son.
“He was my heart, he was my loved one, he was my friend, he was my friend, and I just can’t tell you how painful it was to lose him,” Roslin Langeley said.
Sister Langley said she believes something needs to change, otherwise another family like her relatives will suffer.
“He has grandchildren about to be born, he has marriages that have to happen, he has graduations that have to happen. All this will happen now, and he will not witness it. As I said, if we don’t do something else, he won’t be the only one to lose, “said Nicola Langley.