Greensboro City Council Debates Changes To Law Enforcement Policy

Greensboro City Council Debates Changes To Law Enforcement Policy

5:39pm Jun 19, 2020
DAVID FORD/WFDD

Greensboro’s city council is debating potential changes to law enforcement policy in the wake of widespread racial justice protests. 

At a special work session Thursday, Councilman Justin Outling asked Greensboro Police Chief Brian James to explain what factors officers consider when determining when to stop a suspect.  

He referred to an incident in which police mistakenly stopped someone based on a description provided by a 911 caller. 

“No one is suggesting that they have to give the description perfect or that the police have to have a perfect match," Outling said. "The issue is making sure that it doesn't unduly rely on a single thing, which in my case, I'm concerned about the color of the skin.”

Council members asked Chief James for more data about the department’s traffic stops to inform their future policy decisions. Another public safety-related work session is scheduled for Tuesday.  

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