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Shooting makes North Charleston chief's outreach job harder

By JEFFREY COLLINS and PHILLIP LUCAS
Associated Press

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - North Charleston, South Carolina, hired police chief Eddie Driggers just over two years ago in part to smooth over problems aggressive policing had caused in the black community.

Now that one of his white officers has been charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed black man running from a traffic stop, Driggers is trying to mend an even bigger rift.

Mayor Keith Summey hired Driggers even though he was a chaplain and had been out of active policing for five years. Summey says he still thinks Driggers is the right man for the job.

The Rev. Al Sharpton thanked the police chief and the mayor Sunday for responding so quickly after seeing the video of officer Michael Slager shooting Walter Scott after the stop over a broken brake light.

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