Chester, SC – Today, the McLeod Law Group, LLC filed a wrongful death and Civil Rights Action on behalf of Ariane McCree. McCree was a 28-year-old former NCAA Division I football player and a loving father of his three-year old son. He was a well-known and respected citizen of Chester, South Carolina.
On November 23, 2019, while running errands at his neighborhood Walmart located at 1691 J.A. Cochran Bypass in Chester, McCree was gunned down in the store’s parking lot by Chester Police Department officers.
Despite Mr. McCree being in handcuffs and posing zero risk of harm to anyone, Chester police officers opened fire at him in the crowded Walmart parking lot, riddling at least one parked car with eight bullets and fatally wounding Mr. McCree.
The officers involved in the inexcusable death of Mr. McCree were members of the City of Chester Police department and were at the time of the shooting conducting security for Walmart a private, for-profit business.
Immediately after filing the Action at the Chester County Court House Attorney Mullins McLeod, surrounded by McCree’s friends, family and well-wishers said that today marks the first step in the pursuit of justice.
“A three-year-old boy’s father was killed by the very people who were sworn to serve and protect him. Today’s filing marks the first step towards complete justice for Ariane McCree’s senseless death, McLeod said.
“There is simply no excuse for Walmart not to have proper procedures in place to protect shoppers like Ariane from getting killed by those providing security at their stores. Walmart must be held accountable so that no other family has to endure the pain and loss that the McCree family is going through,” Attorney Colin Ram, of the McLeod Law Group, added