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North Charleston mayor, police chief reject rally invitation

Mayor Keith Summey

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina mayor and a police chief in a city where a white police officer is accused of fatally shooting a black man who was running away have both declined invitations to attend a rally about local police practices a year after the death.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports more than 2,000 people are expected for the rally next Monday sponsored by the Charleston Area Justice Ministry.

City spokesman Ryan Johnson tells the newspaper that North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey isn't opposed to dialogue but that he and Police Chief Eddie Driggers met with 50 members of the group last month. Johnson says instead of a dialogue, the session was a rebuke of city officials and the police.

Former officer Michael Slager is awaiting trial for murder in the shooting of Walter Scott, who was running from a traffic stop.

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