A meeting between the Five Points Association and Columbia Police Department has been postponed as the two parties search for a larger venue.
The bigger space is being sought because of the “overwhelming public interest” in the meeting, according to a news release from the Five Points Association.
Outrage over weekend violence, including a shooting and two mob assaults, has been boiling. The association’s board of directors requested the meeting with police as they search for ways to curb the fights and other problems that are occurring in the city’s high-profile entertainment district.
The Five Points association originally said it did not want the media to attend so both sides could speak frankly and freely about the issue. But the news release said the media now will be included. The association also wants to include as many business owners, neighborhood leaders and concerned citizens as possible.
The public will receive several days notice before the meeting is scheduled, according to the release, which was sent my Merritt McHaffie, the Five Points association’s executive director.
Reach Phillips at (803) 771-8307.