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Independent auditors investigating discrimination at Charleston Police Department

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Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg says he's determined to put an end to racial profiling.

Now, an independent nonprofit CNA is looking into discrimination at the Charleston Police Department.

On Thursday the audit began. The mayor met with concerned citizens at Ebenezer AME Church, who shared their stories of police bias.

The auditors say the public feedback will help them dig into 5 areas of concern:

  • Use of force
  • Traffic stops
  • Community policing
  • Hiring and recruiting
  • Citizen complaints

Some voiced concern the group was too small to discuss such a big problem.

Auditors say this meeting is the first of several public forms this meeting is the first of several public forums on police bias that will take place over the coming months.

The mood lifted when Mayor Tecklenburg showed up unannounced to show his support for the effort.

"I view this as a partnership. I don't care how good you do, you can always do better," Mayor Tecklenburg said. "You might not have a large crowd here tonight, but you have quality."

CNA says they'll make about five trips to Charleston in the next two months. Auditors will conduit ride-alongs, interview current and former officers, and collect specific data on arrests.

CNA says the results will be released in the Fall.


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