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Eutawville Residents Gather with Questions About Shooting

10:34 PM, May 10, 2011   |    comments
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Orangeburg County, SC (WLTX) - Hundreds gathered in a Eutawville church Tuesday night, to speak out and ask questions about an officer-involved shooting there just over a week ago.

The event featured speakers from the state NAACP, as well as the US Attorney's Office.  They were there to talk about the death of 54-year-old Bernard Bailey and answer any questions they could. Related Coverage: Read the original story here.

The NAACP representatives told the crowd they're in close contact with SLED and other law enforcement agencies about the investigation, and they want to work with the community to keep them informed as well.

The leaders who spoke also encouraged the people who attended to get involved in their communities, in order to influence their elected officials.

Since the shooting, the Police Chief Richard Combs has been placed on administrative leave. While many in the crowd were upset about the incident, speakers encouraged them to let law enforcement complete the investigation.

One of Bailey's cousins attended the meeting as well.  He told News19 that it meant a lot to see how many people came out for the gathering, and he talked about how much he and his family missed Bailey.

No real conclusions were drawn at the meeting, but folks there were given the opportunity to sign up as a volunteer to be a liaison between the NAACP and the town, to keep everyone informed of the investigation.

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