A group of volunteers took a peaceful stand against police brutality and discrimination while lobbying lawmakers at the General Assembly Tuesday.
Rep. Rodney Moore of Mecklenburg County is sponsoring the Prohibition of Discriminatory Practices Bill (H193).
In the bill, Moore is calling for more transparency and oversight of police departments across North Carolina. The bill includes required standardized training for all law enforcement agencies on discriminatory profiling against race, the LGBTQ community, and the mentally ill.
It also calls for mandated citizen review boards in municipalities across the state that would hold local police departments accountable, and have the authority to discipline officers for misconduct.
The bill also sets a higher standard in data collection from officer-involved shootings.
Moore said peacefully urging lawmakers to pass the bill is the only way to bring change, not by rioting or clashing with police.
“We want to be proactive in North Carolina so that we won’t have these particular things happen in our state,” Moore said.
The bill is working its way through judiciary and senate rules committees. Moore hopes to have it on the floor for a vote by the end of the legislative session.