They touched on what happens when people are afraid to report crimes to police because of their immigration status.
"There are hoodlums in this community that target people based on the fact that they will not call the police," Raleigh police Chief Harry Dolan said. "It is very intense in our community and across the country. The message is call us."
Leaders, including Durham police Chief Jose Lopez, also met behind closed doors to talk about immigration challenges with local community leaders.
The event was the first of a small number of regional meetings concerning the issue.
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