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7:39 am
Thu December 18, 2014

North Carolina Organization Trains Law Enforcement Nationwide

Fayetteville Police Department is considering working with the International Academy of Public Safety.
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There’s an organization in Holly Springs that trains law enforcement officers across the country to better serve their communities.

The International Academy of Public Safety or IAPS, began training police and sheriff’s departments five years ago.  Today, more than 12,000 law enforcement officers in ten states have participated in their program. More than 3,000 of them are in North Carolina.

Chris Hoina is an expert trainer at IAPS.  He says one of their biggest success stories is in Jefferson Parrish, Louisiana.

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The State of Things
12:25 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Bladenboro Hanging Death Leaves Unanswered Questions

Bladenboro, N.C.
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In August, 17-year-old Lennon Lacy was found dead in the small town of Bladenboro, N.C, hanging by his neck from a swing set.

Local police say Lacy killed himself, but Lacy's family says suspicious circumstances have raised questions about whether Lacy's death was a suicide or a lynching.

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Protests Call For Police Accountability

Durham Police at Jesus Huerta protest in December 2013
Credit Laura Lee

    

Across the nation, protestors have taken to the street to call for reforms in police action. The protests come in the wake of  two grand juries declining to indict police officers who killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

From the coast to the mountains, activists in North Carolina have joined the movement calling for greater police accountability.

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Law
8:49 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Ingenious New Way To Catch Those Who Text And Drive

The NC Highway Patrol wants to expand a program allowing troopers to use NCDOT trucks to patrol for texting drivers.
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Yellow Department of Transportation trucks have been used to disguise roving patrolmen. The North Carolina Highway Patrol used them for a pilot program in which troopers patrolled for people who illegally text while driving.

Lieutenant Jeff Gordon says it's hard for roadside troopers to see whether motorists are texting, and people are quick to stop if they see a police cruiser.

“So you need to be creative in ways of trying to get people to abide by the law. I wouldn't classify it as tricking people because it is a law, and laws need to be enforced.”

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Law
3:16 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Supreme Court Upholds North Carolina Traffic Stop

In 2009, Nicholas Heien and a friend were traveling down a North Carolina highway when they were pulled over for having a broken tail light. A subsequent search of the car found a plastic bag containing cocaine.
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Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 5:20 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that police officers don't necessarily violate a person's constitutional rights when they stop a car based on a mistaken understanding of the law. The ruling prompted a lone dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who warned that the court's decision could exacerbate public suspicion of police in some communities.

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Law
8:50 am
Fri December 12, 2014

More Than 4,000 Mentally Ill People Are Inmates In North Carolina’s Prisons

Central Prison in Raleigh
Credit North Carolina Department of Public Safety

About 12 percent of the inmates in North Carolina's prisons are mentally ill, state prisons administrators told lawmakers at a hearing this week.

Administrators, including David Guice, the commissioner for the state Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, said the they're starting a re-structuring of how they handle the roughly 4,600 mentally ill inmates. They're beginning to concentrate transfer some inmates and concentrate some services in some locations - instead of having them spread among the roughly 37,000 inmate population throughout the system's 56 facilities.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

The Militarization Of North Carolina's Police

Saint Paul, Minnesota police officers during the 2008 Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center.
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Police departments across the state of North Carolina are arming themselves with the same weapons and gear as the U.S. military. 

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9:38 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Ingenious New Way To Catch Those Who Text And Drive

Now this is surprising:
ASHEBORO - You might be surprised by who's driving by you in a yellow N.C. Department of Transportation pickup truck. If you're texting while driving, another vehicle may suddenly appear - an unmarked N.C. Highway Patrol car with flashing lights. That's because there was a trooper in plain clothes in the NCDOT truck and he observed you texting.
The State of Things
11:40 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Bridging The Divide Between Police And The Public

Credit Alejandro Mejía Greene/JubiloHaku / Flickr

The decisions not to indict white police officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York have led to calls for reform.

Demonstrations across the country suggest a deep divide between some law enforcement agencies and the people they are charged with protecting.

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Joseph Sledge Closer To Freedom

Joseph Sledge, photographed at Pamlico Correctional Institution in Bayboro, N.C. Thursday, February 28, 2013.
Credit ETHAN HYMAN — ehyman@newsobserver.com

In 1976, Joseph Sledge escaped from an Elizabethtown prison and within 24 hours, mother and daughter Josephine and Ailene Davis were murdered. 

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