Chief: Police working hard to protect public after 14 deadly shootings

Chief: Police working hard to protect public after 14 deadly shootings
NCPD Chief Eddie Driggers (Source: Live 5)
NCPD Chief Eddie Driggers (Source: Live 5)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston's police chief Wednesday addressed the 14 deadly shootings in his city, saying his officers are working hard to protect the public.

On Memorial Day, a tourist was shot and killed at hotel. The shooter is still on the run.

"I don't know if it's one thing with guns, there are drugs in the community, there are guns in every community," Driggers said.

Driggers says the community needs to say something when they see something illegal going on, and need to be more involved.

"You've heard me say this many times in my law enforcement career, don't tell me what you're gonna do for me tomorrow, tell me what you did for me yesterday to make tomorrow better," Driggers said.

Driggers defended his police officers, saying they are dedicated to fighting crime.

"I have police officers here at this police department that are working day after day out to make tomorrow better," he said.

Driggers says the police department has recently changed it's motto. It is now, "Serve and Protect." The chief has a message for the community.

"Join us in turning people in who are violating the law, join us in giving us tips, join us in working as hard as we work to alleviate crime in your areas," Driggers said. "And as a community I'm not the sharpest pencil in the box, but together we are real sharp."

Driggers is hoping the federal study of the police department that is now underway will provide some answers to fighting crime in the city.

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