COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - By MEG KINNARD
A public relations firm hired by a South Carolina city after one of its officers shot an unarmed teen to death has to turn over documents pertaining to the case.
U.S. Magistrate Kevin McDonald ruled Tuesday that Complete Public Relations must share information with the family of Zachary Hammond, saying it doesn't contain privileged details.
The 19-year-old's parents are suing Seneca and the officer, saying their son's civil rights were violated. The lawsuit says Lt. Mark Tiller threatened to blow Hammond's head off and that another officer gave the dead teen's body a high-five.
Tiller says he thought Hammond was threatening to run him over and fired to protect himself. Local prosecutors say Tiller's actions didn't meet the standard for criminal prosecution, but federal authorities continue to investigate.