The FBI has finished its civil rights investigation into a former North Augusta public safety officer who shot and killed an unarmed drunk driver following a February 2014 chase.
A report published by the Aiken Standard Tuesday said FBI investigators had finished their review of former officer Justin Craven’s actions when he shot and killed 68-year-old Ernest Satterwhite after a car chase. Craven lost his job after the incident. He pleaded guilty to misconduct in office back in April and was sentenced to three years probation and 80 hours community service.
Craven fired into Satterwhite’s car after Satterwhite pulled into a driveway. Craven had tried to initiate a traffic stop on Satterwhite, but the other car led him on a pursuit that began in North Augusta and ended on a dirt road in Edgefield County. In the video, Craven can be seen pulling the weapon back as a hand reaches to push his arm away. The officer sticks his gun back through the window one last time before jerking it out again and firing multiple shots.
The amount of time that elapses between Craven first appearing in frame next to the car door and the officer firing the shots is just four seconds. There is no audio in the video. Craven is white, Satterwhite was black. Craven’s attorney said the officer was in fear of his life and had thought the driver was armed.
Special Agent Michael Stansbury told the paper Tuesday that the FBI has concluded its investigation into Craven’s actions and the information is now in the hands of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
The city of North Augusta paid $1.2 million wrongful death settlement towards Satterwhite’s estate in early 2015.