Judge sets bail for SC cop charged with shooting unarmed black man
A South Carolina police officer accused of shooting and killing an unarmed black man has been released from jail after posting bond, according to Georgetown County Detention Center records.
Cassandra Dollard, 52, was charged with intentional homicide and jailed in the Georgetown County Jail on Wednesday afternoon. She was released on bail before noon Thursday, the jail’s website says.
A Georgetown County judge set Dollard’s bail at $150,000 Thursday morning. His bond includes a no contact order at the request of the Langley family attorney.
As a Hemingway Police Department sergeant, Dollard is accused of shooting 46-year-old Robert Langley more than eight miles from his jurisdiction after a police pursuit. Dollard is Black.
The bond hearing was broadcast live by WPDE-TV.
Langley was fatally shot on Sunday after a police chase that began in Williamsburg County ended in a car crash in Georgetown County.
Rose Mary Parham, a Florence lawyer representing Dollard, expressed her condolences on her client’s behalf during the bail hearing.
“Cassandra (Dollard) is so sorry for what happened Sunday morning. She is grieving with the Langley family,” Parham said.
State Senator Gerald Malloy, who represents the Langley family, said the case was one of the worst police shootings he had seen in more than 30 years of experience.
“I saw a lot of police shooting. This is one of the most obvious. An unarmed man, more than eight miles from your jurisdiction,” Malloy said.
Civil rights attorney Bakari Sellers, representing the Langley family, suggested Dollard should not have been a police officer, citing her previous firings from two law enforcement agencies in South Carolina.
“It was a failure of the entire criminal justice system,” Sellers said during the bail hearing. “[Dollard] shouldn’t have been on the road.
Dollard was fired in 1993 from the Williamsburg County Detention Center for poor performance, according to South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy records.
Dollard was also fired on Sept. 11, 2014, from her job with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety as a state transportation police corporal, according to documents filed in a federal lawsuit.
Robert Langley’s mother, Roslyn Langley, broke down in tears as she asked the judge to set the “highest possible bond” for Dollard.
She said the father of 10 loved and cared for his family.
“I love my son with all my heart. When they came and told me he was killed without justification, it killed me,” Roslyn Langley said.
“No one understands what I’m going through right now. My son means the world to me.
This story was originally published February 10, 2022 10:25 a.m.