A new nonprofit is being formed to help combat racial tension in law enforcement and reach out to those who feel they have been wrongly convicted.
The Low Country Justice Commission includes religious leaders, professors, elected officials, civil rights leaders and others and will focus on several areas, said Howard Comen, a private detective who is serving as the commission’s director.
Those areas include racial and religious profiling, those wrongly convicted, and the roles of police officers in schools, he said.
“We’re not an in-your-face bunch of rabble rousers,” Comen said. “We want to work the system and make our feelings known. We want to be an advocate for people who don’t have an advocate.”
Comen said the commission also is working with law professors and state Rep. David Mack, D-North Charleston, to improve state law.
Mack said Thursday he was studying how other states have tackled the issue of racial profiling, with an eye toward introducing legislation here. “I’m looking at a lot of different angles,” Mack said Thursday. “I don’t want to speak too soon.”
A statement Comen released about the group said the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., and other incidents prove “that hatred and animosity between religion and races still permeates society.”
The commission’s leaders also include former Dorchester County Magistrate Robert Leeper and pastor and Charleston County School Board member Chris Collins.
For more information on the commission, call 571-2667.