RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Some North Carolina legislators say open dialog is needed with groups that train law enforcement statewide to ensure police procedure standards minimize the potential for violence while officers are doing their jobs.
Sen. Joel Ford of Charlotte and Rep. Ed Hanes Jr. of Winston-Salem said Monday they want a meeting between North Carolina Black Legislative Caucus members and officials in charge of training and standards.
Their call came following recent fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. Their news release also cited the shooting death of a black man in Charlotte in 2013 by a white officer.
Hanes says North Carolina needs to be proactive ensuing officers pull back from incidents without having to use deadly force.
Ford and Hanes say they're drafting legislation addressing related concerns.