Rallies In Charlotte Focus On Racial Profiling

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CHARLOTTE, NC – Several hundred people showed up for rallies across Charlotte on Tuesday.

Activists at the rallies say they want the unrest in Ferguson to affect change locally.

The NAACP brought up the Racial Profiling Ordinance, which is before Charlotte City Council. The ordinance is aimed to end racial profiling and police brutality.

“Every police officer would have the responsibility of wearing a body camera, so in the event of an incident, you would have a record of exactly what happened,” said Corine Mack with the Charlotte chapter of the NAACP.

The ordinance would also require agencies to release dash cam or body camera video to the public.

The NAACP and National Action Network also want the Charlotte Citizen Review Board to have subpoena power.

“For those who are not being fair, who are not doing their job and who are not exercising restraint, we have to do something about those,” said Mack.

North Carolina Representative Rodney Moore spoke to protesters outside the Federal Courthouse in Uptown Charlotte Tuesday.

“It’s about action, because we can’t afford this to happen in any community, especially not ours. We have to be proactive and we have to get these policies in place, because it will happen again eventually,” said Moore.

Organizers of Tuesday’s rallies say the ordinance would limit police overreach, like with the use of surveillance equipment to intercept cell phone signals.

Charlotte City Council is expected to discuss the Racial Profiling Ordinance on December 8.