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Simple Solutions Save Lives, Law Enforcement And Policing The USA
By HBCU ECSU Op-Ed Author Dr. Charles L. Singleton

"Be good to people, " Ernest S. Moultrie cuts into a special cake sporting a picture of the street sign  that will indicate that the intersection at Highway 78 and Deming Way is now known as the Ernest Samuel  Moultrie Intersection, Summerville Journal Scene, Monica Kreber, July 21, 2015, Updated February 19,  2020

Simple Solutions Save Lives, Law Enforcement And Policing The USA By HBCU ECSU Op-Ed Author Dr. Charles L.  Singleton

Yes, outstanding Law Enforcement and Policing local communities throughout these United States of America are achievable, based on the years of active patrol duty and service retirement of 3 brave Alston High School graduates from Summerville, South Carolina. Since the late 1960s, Summerville, SC, Dorchester County: African American Tillman U. Millhouse, Jr., a South Carolina "State Trooper," who  was recommended to serve in law enforcement by Summerville, SC Mayor Allen B. Luke in 1968, was appointed as the first Black Trooper in Lower South Carolina (1970-1992).

Also, during this time, T. U. Millhouse, Jr. was a Federal Agent and Special Deputy U. S. Marshal (1968-1992). Therefore, it was  written. "Whereas, dedicating his life to protecting the people of his community and influential leaders  worldwide, Lance Corporal Millhouse boasts a career in law enforcement for over forty years, and has  protected some of the world’s most beloved people including Pope John Paul II, John Lewis, Rosa Parks, Presidents and Ambassadors." --- South Carolina General Assembly 116th Session, 2005-2006: Bill  1144.

Regrettably, Tillman suffered a leg injury while serving in the line of duty in 1991 that ended his time as a SC State Trooper. Our native son, Lance Corporal Tillman Millhouse, Jr., former South  Carolina Highway Patrolman today is a 2019 - to-present Community Emergency Response Member for  both Dorchester and Berkeley Counties, SC: WOW collectively, 24 and 16 plus years of active civil  service!

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Tillman wrote in his autobiography, November 12, 2015, "I am a member of New Ashley Baptist  Church in Summerville; where I serve as a Trustee, a Senior Choir member; medical and security team  member. I have previously served as an usher and Vice Chairman of Finance. I served as a Red Cross  Disaster Recovery volunteer for 2 years and have also served as a CPR and first aid instructor.  I continue to volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program and was instrumental in organizing the Summerville  Troop 150 Explorer post.

I have previously been a 32-degree Mason and a Shriner, although I am not currently active in any chapter. My hobbies include fishing, bicycling, playing the organ; encouraging 
others to become aware of their personal safety and security: the best way to ensure their personal protection."

He continued by writing, "I am currently commissioned by the SCPPS and have taken courses in Law Enforcement from the SCHP Academy, the SC Criminal Justice Academy, Midland Technical College, Trident Technical College, the Department of Defense and numerous other specialized courses in  security.

I was certified in all phases and have always enjoyed maintaining a keen sense of learning  when it came to my career. I am a member of the SC Troopers Association, the Fraternal Order of  Police, The South Carolina Law Enforcement Association and American Association of State Troopers."
Millhouse said, "I am also immensely proud to have been afforded the opportunity to serve as a protection  officer for many heads of state and visiting officials; in whatever capacity necessary to ensure their safety.  It has been my honor and privilege to protect and serve the citizens of South Carolina, Dorchester County and Summerville for my entire public safety career. I have proudly served this state and my community for my entire adult life. I am proud that my children continue in that tradition, and hopefully, my grandchildren will do the same."

Yet, another courageous and faithful public servant, and a lifetime member of Canaan United  Methodist Church (CUMC), Ridgeville, SC was Benjamin James Singleton, Sr. (1943-2017). He was  an amazing law enforcement officer. South Carolina Poet Josephine Evans wrote, " I also remember my  uncle, Captain Benjamin James "Benji" Singleton, Sr. historical legacy.

Benjamin “Ben” was a genuine  custodian of local law enforcement and fair service to the people for forty-six years plus: Deputy,  Dorchester County (1971-1995: 24 years, and 16-plus years of public service), South Carolina Sheriff’s  Department: Public Defender's Office, Dorchester County Coroner Assistant; Police Chief for the Town of  Ridgeville, SC; served in 1987 as twenty-fifth president of the Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officers Association (PSLEOA); a successful business and land owner, community leader, traveler; family man,  father, and grandfather with great prideful sense of humor. Benjamin J. Singleton, Sr. was enthusiastic  about fishing locally and enjoying various sports. ---SC 2019-2020 Bill 3563. This is what I remembered  growing up as a country girl living in lower-state, South Carolina. --- Black News Scoop, Thursday,  February 18, 2021

Josephine Evans Ash grew up in Dorchester County, South Carolina, only a mile or so, from  Benjamin James Singleton, Sr. Memorial Intersection, "Red Road" Junction: Orangeburg Road (S 18-22) and Dorchester Road, SC, (Highway 642), Dorchester County, SC. Now let it be known that  Tillman U. Millhouse, Jr., Benjamin James Singleton, Sr., and Josephine Evans Ash were Three of Forty-Five  First-Ballot Inductees in The Family Journal, USA & Overseas Fishermen's Hall of Fame 2020.

Another outstanding law enforcement gentleman was Ernest Samuel Moultrie, a faithful church member- attendee of Blessed Vision Ministry (BVM) and Baum Temple AME Zion (BTAMEZC), Summerville, SC, who successfully served in the United States Air Force after graduating from Alston  High School, Summerville, SC.  Later in 1968, Moultrie became the first full-time African American Deputy Sheriff for Dorchester County, SC.

By achieving timely creditable service, Ernest was promoted to the  rank of first Detective Sergeant in Dorchester County. Overtime, his promotions included Lieutenant, Captain, Major, and eventually Chief Deputy Sheriff of Dorchester County and respectfully second in  command to the legendary Carl "The Sheriff" Knight (1919-1999), a noticeably short man in height, “but casted a long shadow” as an effective leader.

"Whereas Major Moultrie retired as a full-time deputy with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office in 1997 but has served as a part-time deputy sheriff since his retirement. He holds the honor of being the longest serving law enforcement officer in Dorchester County.  

Whereas it would be fitting and proper to recognize Major Moultrie's many dedicated years of service to  Dorchester County, the State of South Carolina, and the United States by having a highway intersection named in his honor. Now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring: That the members of the General Assembly request that the Department of Transportation name the intersection located at the junction of United States Highway 78 and Deming Way in Dorchester County 'Major Ernest Samuel Moultrie Intersection' and erect appropriate markers or signs at this location  that contain this designation. Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the  Department of Transportation." Major Moultrie's Law Enforcement (1968-1997: 29 years full-time and 24 years part-time (53) years --- South Carolina General Assembly 121st Session, 2015-2016: Bill 3474.

“Lyrics of Lowly Life, Lit2Go: We Wear the Mask.” We wear the mask that grins and lies, it hides our cheeks and shades our eyes. This debt we pay to human guile; with torn and bleeding hearts we smile, and mouth with myriad subtleties. Why should the world be over–wise, in counting all our tears and sighs? Nay, let them only see us, while we wear the mask. We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries to thee from tortured souls arise. We sing, but oh the clay is vile beneath our feet, and long the mile. But let the world dream otherwise, we wear the mask! --- Source: Dunbar, P.L. (1913). New York: Dodd, Mead,  and Company.
Today in 2021, “We are Still Wearing the Mask,” when considering and reflecting upon the numerous USA law enforcement challenges and policing dilemmas overtime. I have often reflected upon the highly effective combined careers of 139 plus-years in law enforcement for Tillman U. Millhouse, Jr., Benjamin James Singleton, Sr., and Ernest Samuel Moultrie.
Yes, over 402 years, from Jamestown, Virginia, 1619 (America's first slaves) to this day, 2021, we  have learned about African American citizens being killed by several law enforcement officers throughout the United States of America. Examples, Los Angeles California: citizen George  Holliday's balcony filming of Rodney King, an American activist and construction worker's brutal beatings by a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) policeman, March 3, 1991, and 24 years later, a video on  April 4, 2015 clearly showing an unarmed Black Man, Walter Scott “running away,” and being fatally shot in his back by North Charleston, South Carolina police officer Michael Slager.

Sadly, up to the present  time, we all have seen high school senior Darnella Frazier’s cellphone video, and the police security bodycam footage of Derek Chauvin, a former Caucasian Minneapolis police officer’s fatal custody of George Floyd.  Eleven months later, in a Minneapolis court, the jury found Chauvin guilty (April 20, 2021) on all charges, after he brutally murdered George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for approximately 9 minutes, 29 seconds on May 25, 2020.

In addition, we have seen news accounts and videos of police officers killing defenseless African Americans using ill-fated no-knock warrants during the last 15 years, when a 92-year-old Atlanta woman name Kathryn Johnston was killed by undercover police officers in her home (2006), and Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African American woman was fatally shot to death inside of her Louisville, Kentucky apartment on March 13, 2020 by white plainclothes officers.
Now, the recent videos of police shooting deaths of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota and 13-year-old Adam Toledo, Chicago, Illinois have convinced me to write the  following five "Simple Solutions."

(1) Policemen and law enforcement officers who recklessly kill, another human being without provocation, or apparent life-threatening evidence, should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

(2) The attorney generals and prosecutors who intentionally defend law enforcement officers' injurious and deadly wrongful actions should be fired immediately.

(3) Listen United States citizens, politicians who willfully support incompetent law enforcement officials, obviously have lost their ability to lead, thus having no decision-making treads of leadership left, should be seen as balding tires on a car, or vehicle. Local citizens please vote them out of office before they crash your rights to live safely, healthy, and productive lives.

(4) Guidelines for United States citizens and 18,000 police departments: Learn from the "local community service” examples of Summerville, South Carolina’s Tillman U. Millhouse, Jr., Benjamin J. Singleton, Sr., and Ernest S. Moultrie's "Be good to people."  These  exceptional public servants lived in the communities they patrolled; attended various local community  events, volunteered to help other citizens who were in need; raised their families; owned properties and businesses, and were active members in local churches and various social groups.

(5) Readers and citizens assignment: Please continue researching and reading about another influential local law enforcement leaders, who lived in neighboring, Charleston, South Carolina. His name? Reuben Morris Greenberg (June 24, 1943 – September 24, 2014), the first Black Police Chief of Charleston, South  Carolina (1982-2005: 23 active years of successful policing).
Those who are willing and able can make a GoFundMe financial donation in honor of a loved one, or to honor the legacy of Benjamin J. Singleton, Sr., and the continuance of The Family Journal,  USA & Overseas publications. Continue your reading of Dr. Singleton’s informative publications by clicking here

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