As I reflect on the news stories and events leading up to the death of Walter Scott, it gives me reason to pause. My Hispanic son, who lived in Hanahan while attending Trident Technical College, often traveled on Rivers Avenue. Multiple times he was pulled and told his taillight or license light was burned out. However, upon further investigation he would learn there was nothing wrong with his car lighting. These events often upset him and led us to believe he was being racially profiled.
I agree with Brian Hicks’ opinion that the North Charleston Police Department needs to rethink its approach as the officers protect and serve. Let this tragic event bring forth the needed change in the relationship between the police and the community at large, and give the citizens a sense of comfort knowing the police are there for them, rather than to harass them.