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Thursday, August 16, 2018

On Aug. 9 at the Greenville City Council meeting, at the end of the public comment period, Coalition Against Racism member Dedan Waciuri stood up in his seat and shouted the group’s concerns must be heard.

Waciuri has been active locally with CAR. His name has appeared in coverage of several events where CAR wants Greenville to establish a civilian oversight committee to investigate alleged abuse of minorities by law enforcement. While some larger municipalities (more than 200 nationwide) have created similar committees, they end up creating additional paid positions funded by tax payers.

Waciuri also participated in the 2017 NAACP rally over the Confederate statue. He was holding a black liberation flag. A man and a woman (Willow Mercando) sat with Waciuri at last week’s City Council meeting, and Mercando was one of the speakers during the 30-minute public comment period. Both individuals stood with Waciuri at the 2017 rally. The man was holding a red flag representing a socialist organization, the Industrial Workers of the World. I would also remind readers the group responsible for taking down the Confederate statue in Durham was also linked with a socialist group.

As I consider the idea of a civilian oversight committee, I’m inspired to do more research on the structure of committees in other cities. If Greenville were to consider this I can imagine there would be much discussion within the council and input from the community.

While I am undecided on whether to support this idea or not. I am concerned at the idea that a socialist organization is potentially influencing citizen input and sitting City Council members.

Finally, Mr. Waciuri, is this your real name? If so are you in any way linked with the person at this site (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dedan_Kimathi)?

David French

Greenville

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