NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - A civil rights group will hold a news conference to discuss what they claim to be racial discrimination in Lowcountry policing practices.
The Charleston Area Justice Ministry, a network of 30 Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations and organizations, will speak at 3 p.m. Wednesday in front of North Charleston's City Hall.
CAJM says the city of Charleston now leads the state in the number of public contact stops conducted by police officers with African-Americans being stopped at a 2-1 ratio to whites. The organization is calling on the city to conduct an audit specifically for bias in its police department with a top-rated firm.
Members say police contact stops in North Charleston have been cut by half. They say the city is off to "a good start," but they are still waiting to see other results as the police department is evaluated by the Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services and The Police Foundation.