Sheriff Leon Lott on Ferguson: 'Textbook on what not to do'

Published: Aug. 15, 2014 at 11:37 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2014 at 2:14 AM EDT
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Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The unrest in Missouri has prompted a national conversation on race, violence, and the role of police in the community.

The topic came up for discussion this afternoon during a week-long training event for law enforcement commanders in Columbia.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Commanders School has been in session all this week.

In the past few days there has been a lot of talk about the reasons Ferguson boiled over after the shooting death of 18-year-old Mike Brown.

Issues including pre-existing tensions between the police department and citizens and the lack of minority representation on the police force.

"I think Ferguson should be a textbook on what not to do right now, which is terrible," said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.

Lott said Ferguson police have been keeping too many secrets and should have identified the officer who fired the fatal gunshots.

Lott said that could have gone a long way toward convincing the community there will be no cover-up as the investigation continues.

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