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Federal Review Welcomed, But Investigation Into North Charleston Police Department Needed Also, Says City's NAACP Branch
5/18/2016 5:30:39 PM

Chief Noble Wray of the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services speaks with reporters during a news conference at North Charleston City Hall May 17. Photo: Tolbert Smalls, Jr.
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North Charleston Branch NAACP President Ed Bryant Tuesday issued a press statement following the announcement that the Department of Justice will move forward with its review and assessment of the North Charleston Police Department. The organization remains committed to having the DOJ conduct a more demanding accounting of the police department, he said.

The DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Tuesday announced it will conduct a comprehensive review of the police department as requested by city officials about a month ago. But the review requested by the city only can make recommendations for corrective action.

The NAACP and other civil rights organizations want the DOJ to conduct a Patterns and Practices investigation that would mandate change. The DOJ’s review and recommendations that would come after a year-long study are far short of what’s needed, Bryant said.

“We welcome the Community Oriented Policing Services investigation which may or may not improve overall community ties with the police department, but there is a distinct difference between the COPS review and a Pattern and Practice investigation which compels reforms.

“The NAACP deplores delaying tactics, evasive methods and all forms of token compliance that result in nothing more than the same old status quo,” Bryant said.

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