MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Black leaders say they want a voice in plans to ensure safety in the Myrtle Beach area over the Memorial Day weekend.
Myrtle Beach NAACP president Mickey James and other leaders say they are concerned about more than just the Memorial Day holiday weekend. They say there needs to be more security year-round.
The leaders told local media outlets at a news conference Thursday that black leaders are not being involved enough in plans to improve safety.
Three people died and seven were injured in shootings in Myrtle Beach last Memorial Day, the weekend the annual Atlantic Beach Bikefest is held.
Two local task forces have held meetings on how to improve security. Gov. Nikki Haley has called for an end to Bikefest.