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Comment Archives: Stories: News+Opinion: The Battery

Re: “Two years after Walter Scott’s death, what has changed?

Guilt or innocence has yet to be determined for Walter Scott's killer, however, no one ever seems willing to address the factors that lead up to nearly 100% of these shootings.

Fighting with an officer.
Running from an officer.
Drug possession.
Outstanding warrants.
Previous arrests.
Commission of a crime.

While none of these initially should lead to a death sentence, it is these facts that initiate the encounter that ultimately leads to most police shootings. People need to understand you do not fight the law on the street, you fight in court. That may not be your preferred option, but it will not lead to your being shot in the street.

When the officer says 'Stay there', do not flee, approach the officer, or go somewhere else.

When the officer says, 'You're under arrest', you cooperate. The time to question the arrest is at the station, not in the street, and preferably with a lawyer present.

When the officer asks a question, answer it, even if it is , 'I do not know'.

Be respectful, even if the officer is not. His disrespect can be brought up to the judge later, or at the station if you wish to file a charge against the arresting officer. If you do not resist, and cooperate with the officer,; then the officer has no justification to use force.

Respect is a two way street. For someone to be respectful to you, you must be respectful to them. Lack of respect generates anger. Anger in you, anger in the officer, and this anger leads to violence, which can lead to injury or death. Be respectful to the officer. It costs you nothing. It shows you have a higher character, and may even get you a warning instead of a ticket.

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Posted by Jshicke on April 5, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “From STDs to DUIs: Ranking the health of South Carolina counties

Support and tips is another way to make people concerned their health - mpwh

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Posted by Ebby White on April 5, 2017 at 1:51 AM

Re: “Charleston Planning Commission rejects plan to curb hotel growth on peninsula

How about fixing and expanding the roads.

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Posted by lynnar on April 4, 2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “For what it's worth, Thomas Ravenel thinks John Tecklenburg is the nation's worst mayor

Now wait a minute y'all, lets get to the bottom of this mystery. Tommy - you mean they will not allow you to cut your grass, trim your shrubbery, wash your sidewalk, plant flowers, power wash, or repaint your shutters? Because that's "maintaining" your property. What exactly wont they let you do? Reopen the Hamitic Hotel? Paint the place emerald green? Make the place into a bar or restaurant? Perhaps they won't let you "renovate" your property the way you want to, due to historic preservation. I've seen them stop plenty of us from "renovations" for preservation reasons, but I have yet to see them stop anyone from "maintaining" ones property. If they are actually preventing property maintenance on the Faber House please feel free to share so we can all take umbrage with them.

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Posted by Cia Culinarykid on April 4, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Re: “For what it's worth, Thomas Ravenel thinks John Tecklenburg is the nation's worst mayor

"Fake" southern charm, more like.

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Posted by tupper29406 on April 4, 2017 at 7:14 AM

Re: “For what it's worth, Thomas Ravenel thinks John Tecklenburg is the nation's worst mayor

Did he go to Trump university, hmmmm ......

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Posted by Dan Blake on April 3, 2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “For what it's worth, Thomas Ravenel thinks John Tecklenburg is the nation's worst mayor

Huckleberry Hound head speaks.

And the CCP reports the "news" we don't care about.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on April 3, 2017 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Charleston Planning Commission rejects plan to curb hotel growth on peninsula

Here's an idea: let 'em build all of the hotels they want. It won't be long before the peninsula has so many vacancies that some of the hotels will close, then the city has pre-made shells to create low-income housing.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on April 3, 2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “For what it's worth, Thomas Ravenel thinks John Tecklenburg is the nation's worst mayor

the really sad part of the story is that he thinks people care about what he has to say...and he's right.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on April 3, 2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “For what it's worth, Thomas Ravenel thinks John Tecklenburg is the nation's worst mayor

I was born and raised on Johns Island. Lived there for 27 years until I went into the military. I am so sorry that the poor little rich drunk pervert can't maintain his family "historic" property. Others of us whine with you...NOT!
That property and others were built by slaves and yet you are still whining. Put down the liquor and get off your butt and correct what needs to be done to it.

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Posted by Laura E. Wright on April 3, 2017 at 1:16 AM

Re: “For what it's worth, Thomas Ravenel thinks John Tecklenburg is the nation's worst mayor

But didn't the article say that your brother owns the property? I'm confused.

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Posted by Roger Dale Hawkins Jr. on April 3, 2017 at 12:43 AM

Re: “For what it's worth, Thomas Ravenel thinks John Tecklenburg is the nation's worst mayor

Yes, I am quite sure that is the case. The City is against you maintaining your historic property. Sounds legit.

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Posted by Hollie Elizabeth Griffin Vires on April 2, 2017 at 11:44 PM

Re: “For what it's worth, Thomas Ravenel thinks John Tecklenburg is the nation's worst mayor

All I want to do is maintain my property and the City won't let me. We need a new Mayor

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Posted by Thomas Ravenel on April 2, 2017 at 8:45 PM

Re: “For what it's worth, Thomas Ravenel thinks John Tecklenburg is the nation's worst mayor

A negative opinion from that piece of work is equivalent to a compliment

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Posted by Rob Britt on April 2, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Rise in S.C. tourism among African-Americans following Confederate flag removal

Rise in S.C. TOURISM AMONG AFRICAN-AMERICANS
My family came into Charleston for a family reunion. Ive lived here all my life and never wanted to take a tour here in Charleston. Most of us local African Americans dont even consider it. But they wanted to do a African American tour so we called up the visitors center and they happily gave us the instructions that all African American tours leave from the CVB bus shed. When we got there we asked about African American tours and they gave us 2 options. Wow out of all these tour companies they only gave us 2 that were Black owned??! Ouch! They quickly referred Al Brown of Gullah tours. I know Alphonso Brown him being my band teacher in school. We all at the school knew of his gay relationships and would often tease him as young children tend to do. He is a leader in the church choir which is also very common for gay men, no big deal. So when the CVB recommend his tour I was a little slow and saying yes. My family however not knowing his background wanted to give it a try. After taking his Gullah tour, my family which is all Gullah we were all very disappointed that we got very little Gullah history and got plenty laughs and jokes. We understood that a gay man would have a different way of telling African American Gullah history.
So we went back to the CVB and said we would try Al Millers tour. We happily paid and took his tour. WOW, this guy is extremely flamboyantly gay. He is not even Gullah yet he was giving a Gullah tour. How is the only 2 African American tours the City of Charleston offers are 2 Gay men?? This is a problem. How do we only have 2 black gay men teaching on the history of Charlestons African American history for all the world to learn about? Charleston is the #1 city in the world for tourism which is the history of that city and we all know our history is SLAVERY! Yet the City of Charleston only promotes to Gay African American tours? God please help us!! Why is nobody talking about this. This is the main reason black people in Charleston HATE Charleston tourism. We continue to learn that nothing in Charleston has changed. Shame on this holy city.

Posted by Jerry Titan on April 2, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Rise in S.C. tourism among African-Americans following Confederate flag removal

Rise in S.C. tourism among African-Americans
My family came into Charleston for a family reunion. Ive lived here all my life and never wanted to take a tour here in Charleston. Most of us local African Americans dont even consider it. But they wanted to do a African American tour so we called up the visitors center and they happily gave us the instructions that all African American tours leave from the CVB bus shed. When we got there we asked about African American tours and they gave us 2 options. Wow out of all these tour companies they only gave us 2 that were Black owned??! Ouch! They quickly referred Al Brown of Gullah tours. I know Alphonso Brown him being my band teacher in school. We all at the school knew of his gay relationships and would often tease him as young children tend to do. He is a leader in the church choir which is also very common for gay men, no big deal. So when the CVB recommend his tour I was a little slow and saying yes. My family however not knowing his background wanted to give it a try. After taking his Gullah tour, my family which is all Gullah we were all very disappointed that we got very little Gullah history and got plenty laughs and jokes. We understood that a gay man would have a different way of telling African American Gullah history.
So we went back to the CVB and said we would try Al Millers tour. We happily paid and took his tour. WOW, this guy is extremely flamboyantly gay. He is not even Gullah yet he was giving a Gullah tour. How is the only 2 African American tours the City of Charleston offers are 2 Gay men?? This is a problem. How do we only have 2 black gay men teaching on the history of Charlestons African American history for all the world to learn about? Charleston is the #1 city in the world for tourism which is the history of that city and we all know our history is SLAVERY! Yet the City of Charleston only promotes to Gay African American tours? God please help us!! Why is nobody talking about this. This is the main reason black people in Charleston HATE Charleston tourism. We continue to learn that nothing in Charleston has changed. Shame on this holy city.

Posted by Jerry Titan on April 2, 2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “James Island residents call for moratorium on new apartments

The irony is that the Charleston area needs people to build lots of little cheap apartments, so the poor people don't have to spend most of their income on rent, it is terrible. Rents are rising faster than inflation. But if more roads are needed to handle the traffic, let's build more roads. But it seems like most in the state legislature don't want to increase the gas tax even a little bit, to pay for more roads. And yet gas is cheap nowadays. People are buying gas guzzlers, like SUV's. It's terrible.

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Posted by Tom Martin on April 1, 2017 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Charleston City Council gives final approval to new carriage horse heat standards

Well, when I first moved here from Manhattan, I kind of freaked when I saw those poor horses in this heat. In Manhattan, the horses by Central Park are ordered to be taken off the streets when in hits 90! And the sun is not as strong up there as it is down here. I did take a few rides here and spoke with the carriage riders and asked about how they treated the horses because I was very concerned about them. They were kind enough to explain how they rotated them and brought me to the stables and showed me how they cooled them off on a continuous basis. They get sprayed with cool water after each trip. The horses are worked for only 3 weeks at a time and then sent back up to a farm and hv 3 weeks off. However, I am glad they decided to do this new practice. Everyone had told me I would get used to the heat here. Sorry, I hv been here 9 years, and I still cannot deal with the heat here. I stay inside during the summer. It is the humidity that is the killer.

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Posted by lynnar on March 30, 2017 at 11:07 AM

Re: “James Island residents call for moratorium on new apartments

Kathleen Wilson said she wasn't ready to take a position on whether a development moratorium was the right move.

Recall her or vote her out !

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Posted by Paul Luman on March 30, 2017 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Charleston City Council gives final approval to new carriage horse heat standards

The paaaage of this cynical, cruel ordinance gives Charleston the dubious honor of enacting the HARSHEST temperature ordinance in the nation. The temperature gauge is located FOUR stories atop a hotel. Not where the horses work. No other City in the US requires FOUR readings.
As for the cost of the Ad, part of the Animal Society's mission is to speak out for animals when they see abuse. Surely the Counciman understands that. And while we are at it, ask the Councilman how much the City pays the Animal Society to accept stray animals off the streets of Charleston? Maybe there needs to be a course for Councilmen on City obligations met and unmet before remarks are hurled at public meetings.

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Posted by horselove1231 on March 29, 2017 at 6:50 PM
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