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Soon-to-be Florence city councilwoman reacts to deadly police shootings

Incoming Florence City Councilwoman Pat Gibson-Hye Moore talks about recent officer-involved shootings. (Source: Audrey Biesk) Incoming Florence City Councilwoman Pat Gibson-Hye Moore talks about recent officer-involved shootings. (Source: Audrey Biesk)
(Source: Audrey Biesk) (Source: Audrey Biesk)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The deadly police shootings in Baton Rouge, La., and Falcon Heights, Minn., have caused controversy and unrest both locally and across the country.

Pat Gibson-Hye Moore, who will soon join the Florence City Council, said the city is fortunate the local police force has good leadership, because she is worried a gun war revolution could be next.

Gibson-Hye Moore, a community activist for more than 20 years, held a press conference in Florence on Thursday afternoon saying she is devastated by all of the needless killings, specifically mentioning the most recent officer-involved shootings.  

“Let’s go to Congress, let’s go to these people that are trying to get re-elected or the people that are trying to get elected and let them pass laws, stricter laws even for police officers," she said. "We are always talking about our rights for guns, gun rights. Well there’s people’s rights too, to live.”

Gibson-Hye Moore said she is worried about a generation rebelling against police and believes it will only create more problems

"We have a problem in this country that desperately needs to be resolved, but we cannot resolve it with more violence," she said. "Violence is not the answer.”

WMBF News sat down with Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler to see what he said his law enforcement does to gain the community's trust.  

“We are always training in regards to diversity, ethics and the way officers respond to situations," Heidler said.

He explained that is to help prevent mistakes officer could make. A few years ago, Heidler said the department created a scenario-based program where they analyze how officers react to certain situations and, a lot of times, they do that with a body camera.

Heidler added the Florence Police Department has a total of 38 active organizations that meet each month. 

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