Greenville City Councilwoman Kandie Smith Speaks

Greenville City Councilwoman Kandie Smith has not spoken publicly about her arrest this summer on charges of resisting arrest and trespassing, until now.

Her comments came during the Southern Christian Leadership Conference meeting in Greenville. The group was meeting to address the controversy inside the organization involving its stance calling for the Greenville police chief to resign.

The SCLC held a closed meeting Tuesday night to discuss the actions taken by member, William Dudley.

Dudley sent a letter to media outlets recanting the SCLC's position on forcing Greenville Police Chief, William Anderson to resign, stemming from Smith's arrest, where both the SCLC and NAACP asked the Chief to resign over alleged discrimination practices. For the first time, Smith spoke publicly about her situation.

Smith said, "I just want my situation to be handled in the court of law like it should. But, I encourage you to continue to do the work that you are doing. And, I just want to make sure we all make sure we come together. And, and...when we present ourselves, we are presenting ourselves effectively."

Rufus Huggins spoke with WITN after Tuesday's meeting and says a special committee will now investigate the actions taken by William Dudley.

At this time, Huggins says the SCLC has agreed to not take any position on the call for Chief Anderson to resign.


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