GPD Chief will not face criminal charges resulting from SLED investigation

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA)– A letter released by First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe said there is not sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller.

The letter dated Dec. 17, 2019 said Pascoe reviewed materials regarding complaints of official misconduct by the request of 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins.

This was in partnership with an investigation launched by SLED.

In the letter, Pascoe said although he and SLED are “concerned” by some of the actions revealed by the investigation, there was no criminal wrongdoing by Miller or any other parties involved in the investigation.

Attorney John Reckenbeil is not involved in the case but said the letter speaks for itself.

“But it doesn’t mean that there isn’t some sort of bad behavior,” Reckenbeil said.

He said on a legal level it seems as though Miller did nothing wrong.

“There’s a very clear understanding that in order for you to have misconduct in office you have to have a real corrupt intent,” Reckenbeil said.

The letter details three incidents where Miller was accused of official misconduct. This includes alleged preferential treatment given to a man who donated to the Greenville Police Foundation, and then was let off on a charge of public intoxication.

“Even though it was dismissed via inappropriate police action the ultimate result that it would have been dismissed with the judge I think gave them the benefit,” Reckenbeil said.

The city released a statement saying they have not yet seen the letter:

“…until that happens and we have the opportunity to review and evaluate the information, we will be unable to comment further at this time.”

City Spokesperson Leslie Fletcher

Reckenbeil said as far as trust from the community the letter means something different. He said it shows that if you’re a contributor to the police foundation you may receive perks.

“Then you’re above the law. That’s where it really clearly comes down to being very disturbing,” Reckenbeil said.

He said the fact that the Solicitor used words like “troubling” and “concerning” to describe Miller’s actions is telling.

“I think this goes to a bigger issue. If you’re willing to do this then what else are you willing to do,” Reckenbeil said.

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