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NAACP To Hold Meeting Next Week on Hiring Practices, Allegations of Police Brutality in East Spencer

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The Salisbury-Rowan NAACP says it has received "serious complaints" which warrant investigation regarding allegations of police brutality and misconduct in the town of East Spencer. The NAACP is holding a meeting June 24 from 6-8 p.m. to talk with residents about the process of filing complaints.

Salisbury-Rowan NAACP President Scott Teamer says his organization is also concerned about the lack of African Americans in key leadership positions within the town of East Spencer. The town's population is roughly 83% African American, and the NAACP is concerned the leadership positions within the town may not reflect that.

Teamer said he couldn't get into specifics of the allegations involving police misconduct until after they've been investigated, but he added that there have been enough complaints to warrant a meeting with people living in the community. The meeting is not open to the public.

Acting Police Chief Baxter Michael said he has 15 police officers, but he declined to discuss specifics on the racial makeup of the force. Michael referred My Fox Carolinas to the Town Administrator, but he says the administrator is currently on vacation.

Mayor Pro Tem Otis Gibson and Town Alderwoman Phronice Johnson said they are not aware of any problems or concerns of this nature from residents. Johnson said she would like to attend next week’s meeting to understand more about the issues raised by residents.

 

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