Grocery store owner sues police for surveillance equipment



CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – The owner of a Charleston grocery store where a fatal shooting took place has filed a complaint against the Charleston Police Department.

Mahmood Yousef, owner of Green’s Grocery, has filed a complaint against Police Chief Luther Reynolds and the Police Department. Yousef’s lawsuit alleges that police took away store surveillance equipment during their investigation into the September 28 shooting and told him the equipment would be returned on October 5, but court documents say police did not. not yet returned the material.

Court documents say the store is in a “high crime area” and that Yousef and his employees are receiving threats of violence in part because of a lack of surveillance equipment on the premises.

The prosecution also claims that although police have used surveillance tapes to investigate various other incidents in recent years, the police “never demanded the removal, interruption or disassembly” of the system. surveillance.

Police issued Yousef with a search warrant and seized the equipment during their investigation, court documents show.

The President Street store was the scene of a shooting that killed David Wilson, 41, of Charleston. An employee of the store, Suhib Ahmed Yousef, 18, was arrested and charged with murder and possession of a weapon while committing a violent crime. He remains in the Al Cannon Detention Center.

The lawsuit calls for the immediate return of the surveillance equipment, an award of damages, attorney fees and court costs.

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