N. Charleston police chief takes second march against violence

Reggie Burgess gets ready to march on Wednesday (Source: Live 5)
Reggie Burgess gets ready to march on Wednesday (Source: Live 5)
N. Charleston police chief Reggie Burgess marches against violence (Source: Live 5)
N. Charleston police chief Reggie Burgess marches against violence (Source: Live 5)

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - North Charleston police chief Reggie Burgess took to the streets again on Wednesday for a "Stop the Violence" march.

Burgess marched by himself on Monday on Dorchester Road near Bennett Yard Road to send the message after the city saw a record number of homicides in 2017.

"We've got to come together," Burgess said. "We don't want people to commit crimes. We don't want people to hurt people."

Burgess said he chose that section of Dorchester Road to march because of the murder of 18-year-old Vaughn McFadden Friday night which happened less than a mile away.

"I remember when I was 18-years-old, I had none of this on my mind thinking about someone trying to kill me," Burgess said. "I tossed and turned all weekend and said Monday I'm going to get out here and just walk around and try to get people to think about what's going on in the city of North Charleston."

The idea for the march came from a meeting he had with area religious groups in prior weeks.

People passing by showed their appreciation by honking and waving at the group.

Wednesday's march included members of religious groups and other community members, including a woman named Tessie Bush, whose son was murdered in 2010.

"I still don't have answers," Bush said. "I still don't have closure, but I'm still able to do something like this to try and prevent this from going on."

"We can stop the problems in our community, but you've got to come together," Burgess said.

"I think there's somebody who knows something not only for my son, but the other unsolved murders," Bush said. "I don't understand how they can sleep at night after doing such a crime."

The Chief said NCPD has different initiatives in place to try and get the community involved.

Burgess, 52, replaced Eddie Driggers as North Charleston police chief in early January.  He graduated from Bonds-Wilson/North Charleston High School in 1984. He joined the North Charleston police department as an entry-level patrolman in 1989. He was named the assistant chief of the department in 2013.

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