• Petitioned Sheriff Al Cannon, Charleston County, South Carolina

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Sheriff Al Cannon, Charleston County, South Carolina

Keep Sheriff Al Cannon as Sheriff of Charleston County

    1. Petition by

      Michael Harris

      Summerville, SC

Sheriff Al Cannon may have made mistakes in the way he handled the situation after the chase of Timothy McManus. He has owned up to his mistakes and taken actions to correct them as well as to ensure it doesn't happen again. Anyone that has been involved in a chase or been in a position where they have to make a highly stressful split second decision can tell you that with all the adrenaline pumping the decision you make may not always be the correct one. After a chase with speeds of over 120mph where the suspect Timothy McManus endangered the lives of many innocent people, Sheriff Cannon was rightfully upset. Should he have slapped the suspect? No. Did the suspect deserve to be slapped? Yes. Did sheriff Cannon do the right thing by admitting that his actions were unprofessional? Yes he did. Sheriff Cannon has a long and distinguished law enforcement career. His actions in this case ARE NOT a reason to have him neither resign nor force him out of his job. We support you Sheriff and keep up the good work.

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    • Lauren Calhoun CHARLESTON, SC
      • over 2 years ago

      People make mistakes, we are all human and for this mistake I am sure that he has done hundreds upon hundreds of great things for this city. By his actions taken to try to correct his mistake, I am sure that it will not be repeated as well as fellow officers will understand the line that they have to stay behind. I understand both sides of the law, I have made my fair share of mistakes as well, but to try to take the mans career is a little much for an incident as simple as this. For Mr. McManus, take, what I will assume will only be, a "slap on the face" for the senseless act, the many laws you broke, and the many lives you put in danger that day and walk away knowing that you were heard. I hope you take this unfortunate event to do better for yourself and save the process you are taking for the situation that really does deserve the response you are trying to pursue.

    • Kathy Collins CHARLESTON, SC, SC
      • over 2 years ago

      Al Cannon's history speaks for itself. He always has been an excellent Sheriff of Charleston County. But he, like the rest of us, is not perfect. He owned his mistake, and apologized for his actions. Does one mistake erase an entire, outstanding history in Law Enforcement ? Unfortunately, I have seen very little press coverage of all the great accomplishments he has made in this great city over the years. So it is very sad, he is receiving all the media coverage he always deserved now... Except not for the benefit of acclamation, but instead only for his condemnation..

    • barbara chubb CHARLESTON, SC
      • over 2 years ago

      let mr. cannons record speak for itself. his outstanding service for charleston county and his wonderful character.

    • Jodie Asher SUGAR HILL, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      It is ridiculous to ask the man to step down for slapping someone who so obviously deserved much more than a face slap!!! To those who are asking that he step down, I challenge you to do his job without making an occasional mistake!

    • Nancy Alexander NAPA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Considering Sheriff Cannon's performance history and that he has owned up to the action and is working on correcting future behavior, he deserves a chance to prove he can handle the pressure.


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