Retired pastor has a mission to improve citizen and police relations in N. Charleston
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) —
Reverend Edward McClain is a retired pastor and school principal. On Tuesday, he said groups have met enough and now it's time for action.
"It's our hope that it is going to change because we're going to change our input," McClain said.
McClain said it's time to take the community back from criminal activity.
"We've got to make those people who feel like they can do what they want to do, uncomfortable," he said.
McClain said he and group of other ministers met with North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess last month. They discussed ways for the community to work hand in hand with officers.
He said socioeconomic issues play a part in the disconnect between communities and police.
McClain said the group plans to walk the streets and communities with officers to make the introductions, creating new lines of communication.
"We're not neighbors, so why am I going to tell you something when I don't know what you're going to do with it?" he asks.
McClain is no stranger to dealing with people. He was a Lowcountry principal for 37 years, a pastor for decades and said this one step won't be easy, but it's a move the community needs desperately.
"If we continue to see things negatively, it's going to always be negative," he said.