On Sept. 4, a town hall meeting was held at the Arthur Christopher Community Center in Charleston in response to the recent assault on a transgender woman on Ann Street last month.
In the wake of the attack, many members of the LGBTQ community in Charleston have questions. The Alliance for Full Acceptance as well as other community leaders gathered in search of answers from city officials.
Executive Director of The Alliance for Full Acceptance, Chase Glenn said, “Right now, there are members of our community who need to hear that they can trust our local law enforcement. We believe that increased dialogue and conversation is a way to strengthen our community. This town hall is a step toward more open communication, education and trust building between the Charleston Police Department and the LGBTQ community they serve here in Charleston,” according to WCSC.
Glenn and others have worked to make the town hall reflective. Some attendees voiced their concerns over recognition of transgender individuals within the community. Others believe that the Charleston Police Department and community leaders handled the incident very well.
The panel expressed their understanding of the severity of the issue. The panel also promised to push policies that strengthen the community.
Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds said that Christopher Lamar Price had been arrested on Sept. 4 in relation to the assault. WCSC also reports, “Police named Price as a suspect in the assault on Monday afternoon.”