Paul Stoney, director of the Cannon Street Y and Mullens active Camp Hope partner, said the Charleston police chief is very involved in the project, often showing up to meet young participants.
As a result of this, we have seen the relationship between the police department and the community grow, Stoney
But programs like Camp Hope, in my opinion, are only the tip of the iceberg as it relates to police department and community development.
We are in desperate need of programs ... that sensitize police about the community, because its a two-way street.
, who grew up in New York City, said he
remembers how a police officer often would pat kids on the head and ask how they were doing.
Cops and kids knew one another, he
In contrast, he
recently was pulled over at 2 a.m. by two white North Charleston police officers who used the excuse that his
fraternity license plate frame partly obscured the phrase State of South Carolina on the plate.
wife were dressed in formal attire, returning home in their red corvette from a dinner party.
They had exited Interstate 26 onto Highway 78 and signaled to turn into a Wendys lot when the blue lights flashed.
The first thing the male officer asked was, Is this your car?
That hurt my feelings, Stoney
And it angered him, for the question implied that maybe this car didnt belong to him or, worse, that it shouldnt belong to him.
It was disrespectful, hostile and racist, Stoney
received no ticket and no warning.