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Petition: Demand Police Accountability in Raleigh Now

Petition: Demand Police Accountability in Raleigh Now

The shooting of Akiel Denkins, a 24-year-old African American father of two, by a Raleigh police officer points to the urgent need for Raleigh to adopt policies that will make its police department more transparent, combat biased policing, and hold officers accountable when they violate their pledge to protect and serve.

We join Akiel's family and the Raleigh community in demanding answers. But what we already know is that in North Carolina and across the nation, people of color are far too often victims of excessive use of force by police officers, often during routine encounters. In many cases, the officers involved are not held accountable.

Tell the Raleigh City Council to hold a public hearing on ways the Raleigh Police Department can be more transparent, combat biased policing, and hold officers accountable when they violate their pledge to protect and serve.

On the same day that Akiel was killed, the Raleigh City Council was scheduled to hear a presentation about the police department's plan to equip officers with body cameras, but the presentation was pulled from the agenda after news of the shooting broke.

The ACLU has long argued that body cameras can be a "win-win" for both police departments and the communities they serve, as long as appropriate policies are in place to ensure accountability and protect privacy. Many cities in North Carolina, including Charlotte and Greensboro, already have body cameras.

Akiel's fatal shooting by a Raleigh police officer points to the urgent need for Raleigh to adopt body cameras and accompanying policies to protect against abuse.

Tell Raleigh officials that enough is enough. North Carolina's second-largest city needs to get real about police accountability. Community members deserve an equal say in how their neighborhoods are policed, and that should start with a public hearing in Raleigh.