Final details are being arranged for a Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner being held this week.
A group calling itself the Alert Community Coalition – chaired by 15th District Solicitor Jimmy Richardson – will hold a 450-guest law enforcement appreciation dinner 6 p.m. Thursday at the Pine Lakes Country Club in Myrtle Beach. Kelvin Washington, a U.S. Marshal for South Carolina, will serve as the keynote speaker.
Committee co-chairman and community activist Bennie Swans said the group was able to raise enough money to cover tickets for 100 law enforcement officers and their guests. An additional 250 people are expected to attend.
“People appreciate the effort of helping our law enforcement in policing our communities properly,” Swans said, adding that the group has gotten a lot of support from local politicians.
Organizers have been working on putting the dinner together over the past few months as tensions have risen between the black community and law enforcement officers across the country after the shooting deaths of several unarmed black men.
As nearby as North Charleston, Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager was indicted Monday in the April 4 murder of 50-year-old Walter Lamer Scott, who was unarmed. Witness video released days after the incident depicted Slager shooting at Scott from a distance eight times as Scott ran away.
The dinner will include entertainment such as gospel and jazz tributes to the officers.
Each participating law enforcement agency will receive plaques and podiums that Swans said he hopes are displayed in front of the departments that read “positive community engagement equals success.”
For more information about the dinner or to purchase a ticket, contact Swans at 251-2061.
Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or on Twitter @TSN_mprabhu