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Police chief who led force after shooting is stepping down

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The police chief who led South Carolina's third largest city through the crisis after one of its officers was charged with murder in the shooting death of a black man who fled a traffic stop is leaving the force.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey says Chief Eddie Driggers is stepping aside Thursday to become a special assistant to the mayor.

Driggers was a chaplain in 2012 when he was hired as police chief. He instituted reforms in the department after white officer Michael Slager shot Walter Scott, an unarmed black driver running from a traffic stop in 2015. Slager was sentenced last month to 20 years in prison.

Summey said in a news release the city has promoted 52-year-old Reggie Burgess from assistant chief to chief. Burgess becomes the city's first black police chief. He started as a patrolman in 1989.

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