Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott announced today he was quitting for good, effective May 1. But the statement he read doesn’t clear up what happened, at least in this account at thestate.com:
City Manager Teresa Wilson said during the news conference that Scott has been diagnosed with PTSD.
Scott, at times tearing up as a read from the statement, spoke of the affect the 2005 death of Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Cannon had on him. Scott said he hired Cannon when he worked at the Sheriff’s Department.
Scott said it’s important for him to take this time off, but he doesn’t want his struggles to detract from the police department’s work.
“I beg of you,” Scott said, “let me complete what I’ve started. Once I complete, I will come back and I will detail it for you.”
Anything short of a fuller explanation to the public would be “selfish,” he added.
A fuller explanation would indeed be helpful.
I can see that he’s a troubled man, but I have trouble understanding what he’s telling us. Maybe it’s just that I don’t understand PTSD well enough. Watch the raw video above, from WIS, and see what you think.