North Carolina Black Caucus discusses Ferguson and New York police incidents

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- At the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh Wednesday, members of the NC Legislative Black Caucus held a panel discussion on the events of Ferguson, Missouri and New York City that have led to nationwide protests.

The panel, consisting of law enforcement agencies and other community leaders, talked about how to keep confrontations with law enforcement officers from happening in North Carolina.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison invited the public to take a ride with officers to experience first-hand what they encounter.

Another law enforcement representative from Charlotte told the audience there are policies in place to prevent racial profiling, but they don't always work.

Concerns were also raised about the expense to taxpayers of buying police body cameras. But organizers said change is needed.

"We know how they did it in Ferguson. We know how they did it in New York. They probably aren't the best ways of doing it, and in North Carolina we need to get ahead of the curve, discuss it, and come up with something that the general public can feel good about so that we can avoid having problems as we move forward," offered Rep. Kelly Alexander (D -Charlotte).

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