On July 27, 2021 we witnessed the Charleston Police Department (CPD) engage in police violence against community members peacefully protesting near Marion Square. In the wake of a national uprising against racism and police violence, we are increasingly seeing law enforcement try to justify their violent responses to peaceful protests on the grounds that the protestors lack a permit. It is past time for Charleston’s elected leaders to rein in CPD’s abusive and dangerous behavior.
Today we sent a letter to City of Charleston elected leaders raising concerns around CPDs actions that evening. The letter calls on City of Charleston elected leaders to investigate CPD’s decision to respond to a non-violent protest against police violence with police violence and arrests. The letter includes a list of demands, including steps the City is taking to ensure that the fundamental right to protest is protected. The letter also outlines constitutional concerns with CPD’s actions, as well as potential violations of CPD’s internal Administrative Orders.
The letter can be found here.