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Fayetteville residents accuse police of racial profiling

Posted March 10, 2011

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— Some Fayetteville residents say they have been racially profiled by police.

In 2010, Fayetteville police made 38,595 traffic stops. Of those, officers searched 1,610 black drivers and 510 white drivers.

Hundreds attended a public forum on the issue held by Police Chief Tom Bergamine on Thursday night.

At one point, a moderator asked those who felt they had been discriminated against by an officer to raise their hands. Khalil Shakeel was among those who raised his hand.

“If you are driving, you are liable to be pulled over for some reason,” he said. “I have, in my opinion, been unjustly pulled over.”

Despite numbers showing blacks are stopped and searched more, Bergamine said he doesn’t think any of his officers are racially profiling.

Bergamine said his officers are doing their jobs, following reports of crime in certain parts of the city, particularly drug crimes. He said that leads to more stops and searches of black drivers.

“When you look at the calls for service where crimes occur, we are kind of proactive. We work neighborhoods where crimes happen,” he said.

During the forum, some said the stops and fear of being stopped still hurts.

“That is not a good feeling. It is not. It is almost like we live in South Africa,” resident Barbara Carraway said.

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Bergamine plans to require officers to clearly explain why stops are made in the future. He hopes it will improve that perception in his community and “put a lot of people’s minds at ease on why we do these searches.”

Bergamine said cameras in police cars might also help the situation. He said most of city's cars recently lost their cameras when their supplier went out of business. Getting cameras back in cars would cost $6,000 per cruiser.

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  • carroln Mar 16, 2011

    the way they screen these messages these people must be too!

  • therewerenowmds2 Mar 11, 2011

    When the blue lights come on, turn on the video camera. Take it to court and get paid. Evidence is like kryptonite to cops.

  • gunny462 Mar 11, 2011

    Amazing that no one picked up on the fact that the cops were stopping more people in high crime neighborhoods. Me personally, I would stay out of those areas as much as possible.

    "Didn't this story come out like six months ago or something and nothing was proven then? Wilkow Majority"

    Thought that was in Garner or Clayton for profiling mexicans

  • working for deadbeats Mar 11, 2011

    Didn't this story come out like six months ago or something and nothing was proven then?

    Fayetteville is like South Africa? Wow...just....wow.

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Mar 11, 2011

    Are there not more black people living and driving in Fayetteville than white people?

    Use percentages of a population and not just numbers.

  • dmccoy Mar 11, 2011

    Its not racial its the police trying to justify the money they are getting. They have a monthly quota that they have to meet everybody stop trying to use race when some thing is going on and use common sense

  • WooHoo2You Mar 11, 2011

    Didn't you try and use statistics on all the golo racist earlier? Didn't even do your homework to know that not only white is considered white by the FBI. Now you don't want others to bring facts? Are you sure this is not Barber (not a chance I call him REV.)?-jlh4jdj

    How is ‘I’m a pregnant white woman and got pulled over when a black guy was driving faster than me therefore a police officer cannot be motivated by race, ever’ a fact? (the last part was implied by the lovethesouth1.)

    BTW, even though Hispanics are considered white by some government agencies they are a MUCH smaller percentage of the population than whites / blacks and do not 'tip the scales' to prove that blacks are the root of most crimes.

  • jlh4jdj Mar 11, 2011

    Your one ticket does not prove or disprove anything. If a plane crashes does that mean no plane can fly?
    Click to view my profile WooHoo2You

    Didn't you try and use statistics on all the golo racist earlier? Didn't even do your homework to know that not only white is considered white by the FBI. Now you don't want others to bring facts? Are you sure this is not Barber (not a chance I call him REV.)?

  • lovethesouth1 Mar 11, 2011

    WooHoo2You - you made no sense, but thanks for the input. I was merely saying that I vividly remember getting that ticket and the person speeding by me that SHOULD have gotten that ticket. Regardless of his color... he just happened to be black. Cop was white. So what logic are you talking about? Again, your statement made no sense.

    Just giving a different scenario than that of this story.

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Mar 11, 2011

    NCAries: That is the winner for most ridiculous statement of the day!

    So, you are blaming "the man" for the fact that the crimes are committed in the first place and you don't stop there. You think people should freely hire criminals. No responsibility to the criminal, right?

    Also, please explain the "rules" you speak of. Who and what rules were created to keep the black man down? Whites commit crimes too but do you hear them saying it is the black man's fault? Don't think so! So, please continue to enlighten us all with your irrational and completely pathetic remarks.

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