Who is Sabrina Belcher? (Democratic candidate for mayor in Sumter) Fakes kidnapping
Sabrina Belcher was a community volunteer turned Democratic candidate for mayor in Sumter, South Carolina, when, according to police, her campaign tactics turned criminal when she staged her own kidnapping for votes.
Belcher, 29, was the first Black woman to run for mayor of Sumter and was apparently determined to win the votes to make it possible. Sumter Police said that Belcher teamed up with Christopher Eaddy, alleged accomplice, and posted the kidnapping on Facebook Live. He reported the attack to the police and led to his indictment.
Belcher was not the only candidate facing allegations in the Sumter, South Carolina mayoral race.
According to the Sumter Police Department, Sabrina Belcher was accused of reporting a kidnapping and beating herself for staging herself in order to gain sympathy, publicity and votes.
Belcher admitted to the police that he was planning the fraud, the officers said in a statement. It was also recorded and broadcast on Facebook Live. Every alleged 34-year-old partner, Christopher James Eaddy, was also blamed.
At 23:30 on August 18, 2020, the police reported to the police that he was attacked and abducted by an unknown person during the robbery attempt. He was injured and the vehicle windows were broken. He was hospitalized for treatment and later released. Police said Belcher later gave the attacker a false name. According to the police, they later determined that he was in contact with Eaddy and the two planned the trick for a few days.
“It was an effort in our society to create disorder and discontent for personal gain,” said Chief Russell Roark. “As a result, valuable resources were wasted based on misinformation, including staff, police department working hours, and local medical professionals.”
Police said the two had also tried to discredit a mayoral candidate on record, and plans to smear other candidates who went to the election are under way. The police did not reveal details of how Belcher tried to discredit another candidate or what his future plans were.
He was charged with reporting to a fake police about a crime and conspiracy. Eaddy was accused of conspiracy. Police said they were both booked at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center on Wednesday.
According to police press release,
Candidate, associate charged in plot to gain votes
SUMTER, SC (Aug. 20, 2020) – A Sumter mayoral candidate and an associate are charged after police say they staged a kidnapping and beating in order to garner publicity, sympathy and votes in the November election.Sabrina Belcher, 29, of Cabelas Place, admitted to planning the ruse, which she recorded and posted on Facebook live, with Christopher James Eaddy, 34, of Olive Street.Belcher, with Eaddy’s help, also attempted to discredit a fellow candidate in the recording. Belcher also had ongoing plans to smear other mayoral candidates prior to the election.Belcher is charged with filing a false police report of a felony and conspiracy. Eaddy is charged with conspiracy. Both were booked Wednesday at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.Officers were called to the police station before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and met with Belcher, who reported she was assaulted and kidnapped by an unknown man during an attempted robbery. She was injured and her vehicle windows were knocked out during the chain of events described by Belcher. She was taken to Prisma Health Tuomey and released.During the investigation, Belcher provided a fake name of her attacker. However, officers later determined she was in contact with Eaddy whom she had worked with days prior to concoct and stage the reported incident.“This was simply an effort to create disorder and discontent in our community for personal gain,” Chief Russell Roark said. “As a result, a valuable number of resources, including personnel, manhours of the police department as well as local medical professionals, were wasted based on false information.”-END-
Approved for media release by Chief Russell F. Roark, III
Sabrina Belcher had the goal of becoming Sumter’s first Black female mayor, South Carolina. She became the first Black woman to run for the post, according to the Facebook campaign page Belcher4Mayor2020. According to Census.gov, Sumter’s population is 47.9 percent, Black.
A GoFundMe was launched to raise money for Belcher’s political campaign. He only received $ 25 from an anonymous donor.
“The first black female candidate for mayor of Sumter South Carolina just needs some financial support,” the page said.
The fundraising event had a goal of $ 10,000.
Sabrina Belcher was a volunteer serving the Sumter community in South Carolina, according to The Post and Courier and the campaign announcement. Volunteer service included serving the fire brigade, the Liberation Army, and the pregnancy center.
“Sabrina Belcher 29 is a local resident of Sumter sc and an award-winning community activist and a local volunteer,” said the campaign announcement. “Belcher was the creator of the petitions in the hope that the dear Neveah Adams received an amber warning and was brought home safely. Since the age of 13, she has been volunteering locally at the Diamonds teen pregnancy prevention center, the United Way of Sumter, the south Hope center and the Salvation Army boys and girls club. He is a volunteer firefighter in Sumter county. Belcher has many plans to develop the city, mainly focusing on the community and the needs there. ”
Campaign goals included police presence during school bus hours to protect children, transforming broken and abandoned properties into city-funded after-school programs, and adding walking bridges to the city’s highways in a plan called Easy Walkers.
Sabrina Belcher led many community events, including events to support children in need and local homeless people during her mayoral campaign.
“In honor of the late Shemika Renne Oliver, we will be hosting free meals for three children in need at Dj Als Music Hut on August 15th. But please bring whatever you can for the children. All donations will be presented to the family the next day, ”he said.
The event included a ride on toys and clothes for the woman’s children and a rally to stop the violence.
Another event planned to be held on 20 June 2020 was aimed at feeding those struggling with homelessness and poverty.
“Stay tuned for the upcoming rallies, Belcher is the best woman for the job,” she said on the campaign page.