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Legislator attempts to allay police-citizen conflict

RALEIGH (AP) — Recent violent confrontations involving police and citizens in other states have raised interest in a bill that would address potential racial or ethnic profiling by law enforcement in North Carolina.

A House member from Charlotte scheduled a news conference Tuesday to discuss a measure he was filing. Rep. Rodney Moore says the proposal would foster trust between police officers and citizens.

The measure would make clear that “discriminatory profiling” is unlawful, require the collection of more homicide data and give all local governments the ability to create citizen boards to investigate misconduct allegations and punish officers.

Moore announced late last year he would introduce a measure after more than a year of research. His work began before incidents in which black men died in Ferguson, Missouri and in New York.

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