SOUTH CONGAREE, SC (WACH) - More than a hundred people from South Congaree filled every seat in the town's council chambers Tuesday night to show their support for the town's police chief.
Town council members were considering the future of Chief Josh Shumpert. The chief's lawyer said his client was fired from his job earlier this week for less than an hour before town leaders reversed course. On Tuesday, council voted to place him on a 180 day corrective action plan.
Despite that decision a very vocal public let council hear their opinions.
"I am ashamed of you," said one woman during public input.
"We have had enough," added resident Danny Jones.
When asked why he was let go, Shumpert responded with "They haven't told me anything."
The abrupt decision caused uproar in the tight knit community, with residents calling on council members for answers.
"I think the community spoke," said Shumpert. "They showed force and showed they're going to stand up for what's right."
"The momentum was building all day," Jones. "When we got here and saw the crowds, it gave us the best feeling we had. We knew that if we had a chance, it would happen tonight with the crowd we had, and it did."
WACH Fox asked why council considered firing Shumpert. Members of the council said they could not discuss personnel matters. "We are going to put this plan together and after we put this plan together, we'll present it to Chief Shumpert," said Councilman Jerry Smith. "Then it will be up to him to follow that plan, under our guidance."
Smith says council will be doing day-to-day operations with Chief Shumpter to guide him along through the plan.
"All I got to do is hold my head up, and I appreciate the support," said Chief Shumpert. "Let's move forward in a positive light and make the best of it."
Council will present their plan to Shumpert within the next thirty days.