In Officer Jamal Medlin’s report about the events leading up to the tragic death of Denzel Curnell on the night of June 20, the Charleston police officer noted that he “observed a male figure, wearing all black with a hoodie pulled over his head, walking across the [Bridgeview apartment complex] at a brisk pace…” Medlin then noted that he “found it odd due to the fact the [sic] that it was approximately 85 degrees, and the male figure was wearing long sleeves, long pants, and a hoodie over his head.” For the officer, this was all the information he needed to determine that the 19-year-old Curnell was a suspicious figure. Both Mayor Joe Riley and Police Chief Greg Mullen applauded Medlin’s actions. 

If that’s the case, then I wonder what Mullen and Riley would make of the man I just saw. Even though it’s a sweltering 94 degrees out and the sun is blazing, this man was wearing long khaki pants and he had a hoodie pulled over his head. And get this: He was walking across the Ravenel Bridge at a brisk pace. Even more shocking, he was wearing a fisherman’s cap on top of his lime-green hoodie.

So I did what any other citizen would do: I called the Charleston Police Department to let them know that I had spotted this man. 

Now, I don’t know what the man is up to. It’s not my place to know. I just wanted the CPD to be aware that an individual was wearing a hoodie in this dreadful heat since that sort of thing seems to arouse their suspicions. 

If the CPD does send an officer his way, I hope they show better judgment than they did the night of June 20.

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