North Charleston officials are distancing themselves from critical comments the Mayor Pro Tem reportedly made about protests in the city.
According to an NBC News story published Wednesday, Councilman Bobby Jameson criticized protests outside City Hall in connection with the shooting death of Walter Scott, a black man, by a white North Charleston police officer.
The story quoted Jameson, the District 3 representative, as saying, “The NAACP and those people make it look like, to the rest of the black community, that you are doing something by screaming ‘Justice, Justice, Justice.’ Well, a man’s already been charged with murder. What more justice do you want?”
North Charleston Patrolman 1st Class Michael T. Slager was charged with murder on Tuesday in the shooting death of Scott, 50. Video recorded by a bystander appears to show Slager firing eight times as Scott ran away from him.
Jameson went on to tell NBC, “Let’s have the facts come out. That demonstration out here has nothing to do with the city of North Charleston. It has to do with the show that they want to put on to the black community across the nation.”
Jameson, who has been on City Council for three terms, often speaks his mind. In September 2014, he threatened to stop attending council meetings after a failed rezoning request in his district, saying the vote embarrassed him. He has not yet filed to run for re-election in November.
In response to Jameson’s comments, the City of North Charleston tweeted on Wednesday, “The City & @MayorSummey wholeheartedly disagree w/comments of Councilman Jameson. His views are not reflective of our beliefs. #walterscott.”
North Charleston spokesman Ryan Johnson said Thursday the city would have no further comment on the issue. Several councilmen also declined to comment.
Jameson did not return calls for comment Thursday. He also did not attend Thursday’s City Council meeting. His sister, Councilwoman Rhonda Jerome, was also absent.
Asked for her thoughts on the issue Thursday, Charleston NAACP president Dot Scott said, “I would not dignify that statement with a response.”
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