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Pine Ridge citizens continue protest of mayor’s actions toward their former police department

Pine Ridge, SC (Paul Kirby) - The citizens of the Town of Pine Ridge continue their actions to protest the mayor's meddling that led to the demise of the town’s police department on Sunday afternoon. According to one of the organizers, things will begin on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

There is a myriad of opportunities for you to join in. According to organizers, a drive through petition signing will take place at the Pine Ridge Town Hall from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. today. Also, a car parade will start promptly at 2:00 p.m. from the parking lot of the town hall. That is located at 2757 Fish Hatchery Road in Pine Ridge (West Columbia). People who intend to participate in the parade are being asked to come early to line up and receive a copy of the parade route. The parade will last approximately 45 to 55 minutes and winds through the streets of the town. There will also be a peaceful protest at the town hall between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.

A flyer has been prepared that will be available for people who come to the town hall anytime between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Sunday. It will include information such as excerpts from former Interim Police Chief Vincent Silano’s resignation letter. It also has excerpts from multiple stories run in the Lexington Ledger that include quotes from former police chiefs about the toxic working environment in Pine Ridge. The flyer prompts citizens who are angry about what has been going on to put pen to paper prior to the town's next meeting on November the 10th, 2020 to voice their complaints and opinions. Letters should be sent to:

Town of Pine Ridge

Attn: Sue Kyzer

2757 Fish Hatchery Rd.

West Columbia, SC 29172

You can also email those to: skyzer@townofpineridge

Organizers intend for those letters to be read during the citizens comment portion of the November 10, 2020 meeting of the Pine Ridge Town Council.

Citizens who have any Halloween candy leftover from Saturday night are asked to bring that to the town Hall from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. today as well. Robert Basamania, a veteran who served in the Vietnam War we'll take that candy to the Veterans’ Center and the VA hospital in Columbia afterward.


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