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City officials: Police chief accused in 'use of force' incident

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York Police Chief Andy Robinson (Photo source: YorkCitySC.com) York Police Chief Andy Robinson (Photo source: YorkCitySC.com)

City officials have released new information about an investigation into the police department's chief of police that was reportedly earlier this week.

According to City Manager Charles Helms, city officials were notified about "an arrest incident that involved use of force by York Police Department personnel."  Helms says that this incident involved the police chief, Andy Robinson.

WBTV learned on Tuesday that South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) was investigating allegations, but Coordinator Thom Berry would only say SLED was "investigating allegations involving the York Police Department."

York Mayor J. Edward Lee told WBTV on Tuesday that Helms said the investigation was specifically into Chief Robinson.

Berry and Helms have not said when the alleged incident occurred or when the investigation began.

Helms says since the police department's Policy and Procedures do not provide for use of force review protocols involving the police chief, "City Administration made the decision to contact an independent and impartial entity (the State Law Enforcement Division) to review this incident."


Helms says the city wants SLED to conduct its investigation "completely without interference or influence by the City in any way." The city wanted to not comment on the case until the investigation was completed.

"Due to the recent rumors and misinformation that have surfaced concerning this matter, the City of York has decided that it is in the best interest of the City to provide this summary of the event in an effort to prevent further speculation and distortion of the facts," Helms said on Thursday.

He says there will be no further comments until the investigation is over.

WBTV has also reached out to Chief Robinson about the allegations, but have been unable to reach him for comment.

Chief Robinson was selected as the US Attorney's Office Strom Thurmond Excellence in Law Enforcement Award Recipient for SC Municipal Officer of the Year in 2013.

The award is the highest recognition for law enforcement officers in South Carolina.

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