- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Raleigh’s human relations commission said it would review a list of recommendations on how to improve relationships between the public and the city’s police department.

The suggestions include body cameras for all police officers and a greater emphasis on community policing, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported (https://bit.ly/1RbQP6I).

The human relations commission considered the proposals by the new Police Accountability Community Task Force on Thursday evening.

The task force also recommended that an internship program be created to recruit and retain minority officers. It also suggests a community oversight board that could investigate, subpoena and discipline officers if there is an injustice.

“I can assure you as chair, we will review this information,” said Michael Leach, the human relations commission chairman.



The proposals come less than two weeks after a Raleigh police officer shot a 24-year-old man while trying to arrest him.

Police have said Akiel Denkins, 24, pulled a gun from his waistband and then reached toward Officer D.C. Twiddy’s weapon during a struggle that followed a foot chase. Some witnesses have said Twiddy shot Denkins in the back as he ran away.

Denkins’ death has angered members of the predominantly black neighborhood where the shooting happened.

Coalition spokesman Akiba Byrd told the commission that any case brought forward by city residents would be reviewed by the proposed community oversight board.

“What we see every day are people being harassed,” Byrd said. “We see nine, 15, 17 cop cars and brothers, stretched out on the curb. Kids. These are the things we need to address.”

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Information from: The News & Observer, https://www.newsobserver.com

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