Community groups call for reform in North Charleston government

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On Monday night, an advocacy group hosted a town hall meeting in North Charleston; to announce a dozen social and police reforms for the North Charleston government.  

The North Charleston Civil Coalition for Reform is a fairly new group formed in the wake of Walter Scott’s death. It consists of almost 20 nonprofits, business owners, church leaders, and civil groups who all have similar goals; reform within the North Charleston government.

Ever since Walter Scott was shot and killed by North Charleston police officer, Michael Slager, local civil rights groups have campaigned for change of culture in North Charleston.

“I hope we can make progress that’s the main thing,” said Co-Chair of the Coalition, Jesse Williams. Williams told us his group is growing, and so is the list of items they are hoping to reform. “We brought all of our backgrounds together and all of our experiences together to come up with these reforms.”

It’s a group commitment to end racial profiling, police brutality and the murder of African Americans by law enforcement.

They want independent community oversight of the police department, and improved transparency of city government.

State Senator Marlon Kimpson says greater transparency is likely to lead to greater accountability.

Kimpson says all ears should be tuned in, and with an election coming up, and a growing number of supporters, their message and reforms are clear.

“They need to understand that there are a growing number of people that are calling for greater reforms in the wake of this horrible tragedy of the shooting of Walter Scott,” said Kimpson.

For a full list of the reforms and the specific changes the coalition wants to see happen in North Charleston, click here.

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