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Tri-County police group responds to Scott shooting aftermath

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HANAHAN, SC (WCSC) -

The Tri-County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge posted an open letter Thursday night in response to comments made in the wake of the shooting death of Walter Scott during a traffic stop.

The group posted the letter on its Facebook page in an effort "to address the poisonous half-truths" they say have been made from organizations about local law enforcement.

The letter, dated Thursday, reads:

The recent tragedy in North Charleston has spurred much anti-police rhetoric. While this shooting is beyond comprehension, the law enforcement officers of the Charleston area are still pinning on their badge every day. They go to work to protect communities and defend those who are targets of evil doers. These dedicated men and women are still responding to calls for help. They are still stopping the drunk driver. They are still protecting our schools. They are still here to serve.

Do not allow the professional race agitators to seize this moment to advance their often self-serving opinions of what is wrong in South Carolina. Do not allow them to bemoan the lack of trust of police by the minority community. Do not allow them to beat down the hard working men and women of the Lowcountry's Law Enforcement.

These same men and women put their lives on the line to stop the criminal element from overwhelming our homes and families. These brave officers are saving lives.

Take for example, Charleston Police Officer TerryAnn Ferguson who administered CPR to save a baby's life. Or South Carolina Trooper M. McDonald who used his training to keep a man from bleeding to death. Or Summerville Officer Ed McCreary who performed the Heimlich maneuver to save an Alston Middle School student from dying. Or Hanahan Officer Travis Dodd who pulled people from a burning apartment complex. Or North Charleston Officer Hampton Jenkins who dove underwater to save a trapped automobile crash victim.

These are only a small sampling of the good works by local law officers.

Do not allow this incident to stereotype the entire law enforcement profession. Officers want to help.

All you have to do is let them.

The letter comes after groups like the Charleston Chapter of the NAACP and Black Lives Matter have called for citizen's review boards to independently investigate accusations of discrimination by police officers.

Anthony Scott spoke about his brother and the shooting that claimed his life at a Tuesday night press conference.

"I don't think that all police officers are bad cops, but there are some bad ones out there," he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey announced Officer Michael Slager was being charged with murder in connection with the Saturday morning shooting.

"It is not reflective of the entire police department of the city of North Charleston," North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers said at that press conference. "The one does not totally throw a blanket across the many."

You can see the letter here: http://on.fb.me/1DQGJrq

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