Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Police Initiative to Help Race Relations

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Police Initiative to Help Race Relations

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Charleston Police Department and community activists will announce Tuesday several measures they hope will strengthen police relationships with the community, and in particular with black community members, according to a news release. Police and activists with the Call to Action for Racial Equality coalition will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. on the third floor of City Hall.

The initiative has been in the works for more than a year. Faith leaders, civil rights activists and others are represented.

The initiative builds upon prior efforts by the Charleston Police Department to build positive relationships with residents, such as RESET, a group of city and faith leaders that formed after a black man was shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri, and Project West Invest, an initiative to place Charleston police officers in homes on the West Side. …

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