- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has developed a partnership with the North Carolina Local Barbershop Association to begin a dialogue on police and race relations.

The new partnership will discuss its goals at a news conference on Thursday at the department’s North Tryon Division.

The groups have scheduled a town hall meeting for Sunday to create an open and honest dialogue on matters involving police and race relations. It is also an opportunity to educate young members of the African-American community on what their rights are and the appropriate manner in which to conduct themselves when coming in contact with police.

The NCLBA is comprised of 75 local barbershops that unfied to enrich and strengthen communities through education, networking and community peer partnership opportunities.

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