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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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 4, 2010 at 11:34 AM
    Doug, Letterman would be much better to e-mail to than Leno would. Leno is just as much of a joke as this psycho.
  • by Wendy Location: Greenvill on Aug 4, 2010 at 06:50 AM
    Without knowing the facts-people jump to conclusions. If a business has a no trespassing agreement on file with the police dept or a no loitering sign posted at the premise--the officer is supposed to ask the person(s) to move on. If another person is standing nearby but on the sidewalk-not on private property and it is not a curfew violation then there may be no reason to move them. If there is an incident in progress-you may be asked to move. Kandi should have moved and if she felt she was wronged she could have spoken to the officers superior. Race was initially involved because citizens advised Kandi that they were wrongfully harassed-which she should as she did investigate it. You people are so quick to fight- everything is not a reason to fight amongst yourselves.
  • by Miranda Location: Greenville on Aug 2, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    This woman is a disgrace to our city! Email her boss (the Mayor--Pat Dunn) at pdunn2@suddenlink.net and call for her resignation. I DID :) We need people who know how to be proactive and take responsible action!!!! Which she has proven she is incapable of!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2010 at 07:30 PM
    This is a good example of why students do not respect authority in schools. If role models act like she does, why should students do as they are told. She got no repremands or consequences for her actions, but the officer doing his job did. I don't care how you look at it, the councilwoman was wrong, and should resign. She is not some one I would trust or want the younger generation to emminate.
  • by T Location: Gvill on Jul 30, 2010 at 05:30 PM
    It was a waste of tax payers money. because of her lying claims that the police abused her and her position, the SBI had to do an investigation. The cop was put on administrative paid leave so he was being paid to do nothing, other cops had to pull together to cover up the slack and the SBI had to send people to investigate only to find out that what she said there was no truth to it. That they did not find any evidence of the abuse she claimed. Standing around talking was fine. It was when the cop asked her to move along and she began refusing and arguing with the police then resisting arrest that was the problem. And there were other's that were asked to move. Heck even the people she was talking to listen to the cops according to the police report. She was the only one that wasn't doing as asked. Thank you Greenville Police Dept. for keeping our streets as safe as you can downtown for our college kids.
  • by oh my Location: greenville on Jul 29, 2010 at 09:01 PM
    To digusted: she did not waste any tax payers money. She was standing & holding a conversation with another person.She was not interfering with the stores operations of business. I am sure there others who stand and conversate about whatever and nothing is said.She did not cause any of the disturbance that is being blowed out of proportion.That is media and gossip doing,she is a tax payer, intelligent, beautiful, black woman who is serving the community at it's best. Now tax payers money is being wasted take yourself to City hall and tell them to drop the mess.May God help you with this situation that does not mean nothing at all.
  • by To Jack on Jul 29, 2010 at 05:03 PM
    Why must you always resort to calling people fools? Do you get some sort of thrill of name calling or simply have an inability to properly debate an issue in an adult manner? If you read my post, you will see I said I was going by what I googled that showed the times they were open that I had not personally been to the store so that does not make me an uninformed fool but whether stating that the information I was going on maybe incorrect or not updated. but you are correct Jack I did find the police report and did see how the police had wanted to go inside the store and even had suggested that the men they moved along go inside the store or move on. So the store was open obviously the google posting of the stores hours is not updated properly or just incorrect all together. see that's not so bad.... discussion without namecalling...
  • by Anon Location: Greenville on Jul 29, 2010 at 07:08 AM
    From Walter Williams' "Today's Columnist" in The Daily Reflector. Booker T. Washington suggested "There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of adversising their wrongs -- partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do no want the Negro to loose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs." Read the rest of the column the Mr. Williams, an economics professor at George Mason University, wrote. He is a pretty smart man. Any idea what organization might fit this description ???
  • by anonymous on Jul 28, 2010 at 08:19 PM
    People are funny. That's about all I can say about all of this and all of these comments I've read.
  • by Disgusted Location: the sane planet on Jul 28, 2010 at 07:47 PM
    this woman is a total idiot, she should be ashamed of herself.... waste of tax payer dollars
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