Mecklenburg County Passes Ban the Box
In 2016, SAFE Coalition NC organized a campaign to pass a Ban the Box ordinance in Mecklenburg County. We met with County Commissioners and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff, secured a commissioner to sponsor the ordinance, and held a press conference to garner community support. Our Ban the Box Ordinance was championed by Commissioner Pat Cotham. Through Commissioner Cothams’ efforts, and the hard work of SAFE Coalition partners, Mecklenburg County unanimously passed a Ban the Box ordinance on March 15th.
Charlotte Passes Civil Liberties Directive.
In 2015, Safe Coalition NC worked with the Charlotte City Council to pass the Civil Liberties Resolution. City Councilman John Autry and Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield’s help in passing the Civil Liberties Resolution was invaluable to our effort. The resolution instructed the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to change its directives and police codes to ban racial profiling, collect data on racial profiling complaints, require video & signed consent to search forms on reasonable suspicion traffic stops, requires implicit bias training for all CMPD officers, makes the public aware of the purchase of militarized equipment and publicly resolves that CMPD will not play a role in the enforcement of federal immigration laws. The resolution also empowers the Charlotte Citizens Review Board to hear cases pertaining to racial profiling. A copy of the resolution is available here http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/CityClerk/Agendas/June%201,%202015.pdf
NC Prohibition of Discriminatory Profiling Bill (H193)
SAFE Coalition NC consulted with NC State Representative Rodney Moore in writing legislation to address the issues of racial profiling, and data collection by law enforcement. The establishment of uniform training requirements for NC law enforcement around these issues was included in H193. The Prohibition of Discriminatory Profiling bill would also grant authority to all municipalities to form citizen review boards with subpoena, investigatory and disciplinary power. Despite the leadership of Rep. Moore and the continuous organizing efforts of SAFE Coalition NC, the NC General Assembly refused to schedule a vote on the bill. A copy of the bill can be found here http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2015/Bills/House/PDF/H193v1.pdf