- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

LILLINGTON, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP is seeking a federal investigation of “abuses and possible crimes” in the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials with the state and Harnett County chapters say they plan to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice for an investigation following a series of stories in The News & Observer of Raleigh.

Residents told the newspaper that Harnett County sheriff’s deputies have battered and harassed them. The newspaper reports that two men died while others have been assaulted.

NAACP leaders called for the investigation during a news conference Monday in Lillington.

The Justice Department has already opened an inquiry into at least two cases in Harnett County. NAACP leaders say that sort of limited review is not enough.

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