- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston police and city officials have announced a plan to improve relationships between police officers and citizens in the city.

Multiple media outlets report that the Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen, Mayor Joe Riley and dozens of elected officials, business, community and church leaders announced the yearlong “Illumination Project” at City Hall on Tuesday .

Charleston Police Fund Board Chairman Gary Nestler says the fund is raising at least $100,000 to bring in experts to create plans to build trust and dispel negative perceptions between officers and residents.

Tension has been fueled by highly publicized cases of white police officers being accused of using too much force on black men, including the April 4 shooting of Walter Scott in the back by then-North Charleston Police Sgt. Michael Slager.

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