Mayor, SCLC & Police Chief Meet

It is the latest twist in a double homicide -- turned fugitive hunt -- turned questions over downtown safety.

It was a week ago that two young men lost their lives on the streets of downtown Greenville to random gun violence.

Monday, Rufus Huggins, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference President called a meeting between Greenville Mayor Pat Dunn and Police Chief William Anderson -- to iron out problems with what he calls racial inequalities in the downtown scene.

Huggins invited WITN to sit-in, but when we got there--our access was denied.

The meeting lasted two hours. When it was over Huggins said he it was about respect. "One, is the way blacks we're being treated down there at the bars and everything, and we want everyone to be treated the same. We're concerned about that and a rough shot over people. And also to ensure the situation with the Richardson family that fairness and equality will come about."

James Richardson -- who is now behind bars charged with a double murder -- turned himself in on Saturday. A day after, his mother came to his defense scrutinizing Anderson for what she calls unfairly convicting him in the media. We've tried to talk to Anderson for reaction -- but he's repeatedly denied our request.

Greenville Mayor Pat Dunn is talking and focusing on the positive, saying the police chief and the entire force are trying to keep the streets safe. "They have had a lot of police presence in the downtown area on Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights when there are literally hundreds and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people down here. One only has to come in the evening to see that presence is down here."

But Dunn says she can't ignore the recent violence and is concerned for the citizens and the businesses downtown. "We're working with the bar owners and the business owners in the uptown area. They're very concerned and we're gonna take a look at the kinds of things they're doing and the city is going to look at what we're doing and try to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Both mayor Dunn and Huggins say the meeting had a positive outcome and both agree a lot was accomplished. Dunn says she is confident more patrol officers downtown will crack down on the recent violence.

Chief Anderson had no comment about the meeting.


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