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Richland County sheriff candidates face off at forum Tuesday

Richland sheriff candidates disagree on pace of punishment in the Spring Valley SRO manhandling student case

Sheriff Leon Lott and candidate James Flowers disagree on the pace in which a deputy was punished after manhandling a student at Spring Valley High School in 2015. Flowers said he would have fired the officer in 60 seconds after seeing the video.
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Sheriff Leon Lott and candidate James Flowers disagree on the pace in which a deputy was punished after manhandling a student at Spring Valley High School in 2015. Flowers said he would have fired the officer in 60 seconds after seeing the video.

The two candidates for Richland County sheriff will outline their vision for the department during a forum at Embassy Suites Tuesday.

Incumbent Leon Lott and challenger James Flowers will face off at the hotel on Stoneridge Drive just off I-126 and Greystone Boulevard , at 6:30 p.m., according to the candidates. Both are running for sheriff as Democrats in the June 14 primary election.

Lott is seeking a sixth term in office. He ran unopposed in 2012 and defeated primary challenger Jim Reed in 2008

Flowers left the State Law Enforcement Division to run for sheriff. This is the first time he has run for elected office.

Glen Luke Flanagan: 803-771-8305, @glenlflanagan

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