News

Greensboro Police Chief attends White House discussion on “21st Century Policing”

Last week Greensboro Police Chief Wayne Scott and two staffers attended a White House briefing and discussion on “21st Century Policing.”

Scott told the News & Record the Aug. 16 seminar was “an opportunity for us to broaden our horizons.”

You may remember that the Greensboro Police Department, the center of a number of controversies over the years, was featured in a New York Greensboro Police Chief Wayne ScottTimes piece on racial disparities in policing last year.

According to a Times analysis, black drivers in Greensboro were more likely to be pulled over for routine traffic violations.

They were also more than twice as likely to be searched when pulled over, despite white drivers being found to have contraband more often during searches.

Black drivers also were also found to be four times more likely to be charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer — a charge so ubiquitous that some police departments discourage its use unless an incident involves other, more serious crimes.

The analysis also showed black drivers were five times more likely to be charged for possession of small amounts of marijuana, despite studies showing marijuana use is virtually the same among black and white people.

The Times story led the Greensboro police department to take a number of steps that decreased the racial disparities in traffic stops in just a month.

The city has also been struggling with how to use police body cameras – and what to do with the footage they capture.

Check Also

UNC Board of Governors silent on Silent Sam, calls on legislators to pass state budget

In its first full, in-person meeting since its ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

North Carolina is projected to gain a U.S. House seat in the coming years, recent data show — a chan [...]

New facilities and policies offer hope to 16 and 17 year-olds once consigned to the adult correction [...]

State Rep. Holly Grange (R-New Hanover) failed to disclose a business owned and operated by her husb [...]

By the time the new Interstate 885 opens in Durham later this year, some of the people who conceived [...]

There is a temptation—and believe me, I understand it—to celebrate the fleeting nature of this week’ [...]

The North Carolina General Assembly is back in Raleigh this week and, as noted in this space last Fr [...]

The post DTH making its mark on Silent Sam settlement appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

A long road remains to be traveled before North Carolinians find out whether they’ll have to show an [...]