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Citadel News Service
11 Jan 2017

Statement on Dylann Roof sentence from Joseph P. Riley, The Citadel

“The unspeakable acts of this individual to some of the finest members of our community have been addressed by our civilization's system of justice. The judgment was equal to the horrific nature of the crimes. My hope is that this verdict gives some small measure of closure to the families of our beloved Emanuel nine,” said Professor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., The Citadel, Mayor of Charleston, 1975-2016


Joseph P. Riley, Citadel Class of 1964, was the mayor of Charleston at the time of the Emanuel shooting and is widely credited with helping the city respond in a peaceful manner. Riley is the first occupant of the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Endowed Chair of American and Public Policy at The Citadel. He assumed the seat in January 2016, upon his retirement from public office as the Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, for 40 years. He begins teaching his first full course as Professor of American Government & Public Policy at The Citadel on Thurs., Jan. 12, 2017, one year from the date of his retirement from office. Please click here for more information.

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