Anti-Violence Town Meeting

Greenville community center will host discussion about two deaths

A town hall meeting tonight in Greenville will discuss how the Upstate can prevent future shooting deaths of police officers and young people. 

State Sen. Karl Allen will sponsor the 7 pm meeting at Phillis Wheatley Community Center, 40 John McCarroll Way, Greenville.

An attorney and District 7 state senator, Allen was the guest speaker for the Laurens County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet, held in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Day national holiday. The dinner was Jan. 16 at Laurel Hill Baptist Church Life Center in Waterloo.

The meeting comes after a Greenville officer, Allen Jacobs, was shot to death by a teen, Deontae Mackey, who allegedly had tried to acquire a handgun when he was seen by officers. Jacobs chased Mackey, who shot the officers several times, then shot himself to death.

Authorities have labeled Mackey as a gang member.

Jacobs was a military veteran and father of two children with one on the way. Hundreds of law enforcement officers attended his funeral this month at Furman University. At Deontae’s funeral, the Mackey family reportedly held a moment of silence for Officer Jacobs.

WYFF-TV reported, “Organizers said the focus of the meeting will be to ‘identify resources and strategies that will effectively reduce gun violence and produce a safer, more productive youth culture’ and to help the community move forward in unity and peace. ‘Together, we’ll never let this happen again,’ Pastor Curtis Johnson of 107.3 JAMZ said.”

In addition to service in the Senate, Allen was a SC Representative for 12 years serving District 25, Greenville County, and is a member of the NAACP, NABCJ, American Bar Association, SC Trial Lawyers Association, Greenville County Bar, Rainbow Push and Put Down the Guns Young People. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, Atlanta University (Issues Facing Youth) and Southside High School. 

He received the Community Service Award, Baptist Ministers Fellowship of Greenville and vicinity, 2006, NAACP Top Political Award SC Black Lawyers Million Dollar Club, 2008, and SC Legislator of the Year, Alzheimer’s Association, 2012. 

 

 

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