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The focus of a meeting Wednesday night in Raleigh was tensions from a community that sometimes feels targeted by police.  The objective of the meeting located at Paul’s Barber Shop, was for residents to have the opportunity to share their concerns and for Raleigh police, including Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown, to work on building a trust with the people they serve and protect.

WRAL News reports that barber shop owner Paul Engram said he hears a lot of talk in his shop, and sometimes the talk is about police. “They are being targeted or a situation went a little further than it had to be,” Engram said.

According to WRAL News, in order to get to the bottom of the stories he was hearing, Engram invited Deck-Brown and her officers in.  Certain topics of concern among those who attended the meeting included bias among officers, the treatment of the mentally ill and the question of when an officer should shoot.

Deck-Brown spoke with WRAL News to say she welcomes the conversation.  “Tell me what’s on your heart and your mind and let’s clear up some misconceptions,” she said.  Engram believes officers and residents are on the same team.

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