CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Some are calling this a historic day in the Holy City.
The racial bias audit of the Charleston Police Department has officially begun.
“This effort to build trust between out community and our policing really stemmed from the terrible tragedy at Mother Emanuel,” said Mayor John Tecklenburg.
Out of that tragedy rose the Illumination Project.
“Whose singular purpose for the past four years has been to strengthen citizen police relationships grounded in trust and legitimacy,” said Rev. Kylon Middleton of the Illumination Project.
On the eve of the anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre, in which three black men were killed by SC Highway Patrol members, with members of the Illumination Project and city officials, CNA officially began the Racial Bias Audit of the Charleston Police Department. CNA is the Virginia-based firm hired by the City to perform the audit.
“The project encompasses a focus of five critical areas, use of force, citizen contact stops, citizen complaints and complaints either internally or externally, as well as community engagement efforts by the Charleston Police Department,” said Rodney Monroe, a CNA representative.
Chief Luther Reynolds took the podium and addressed racial divides in the nation, in South Carolina, and in Charleston in particular.
“We must continue to make progress and lead change to eliminate barriers to treat all people of all colors, of all beliefs, of all genders and identities with dignity and respect,” Reynolds said.
The audit is expected to last through August 2019. A series of town hall meetings will be held for community input. The first will