Protesters in downtown Asheville Tuesday night invert an American flag as they face off against police in riot gear ordering them to disperse after an 8 p.m. curfew. Colby Rabon / Carolina Public Press

In this episode of The Kicker, Dawn Blagrove, Executive Director of Emancipate NC, talks about policy changes her group and others are asking of law enforcement in North Carolina with host Stephanie Carson. For the last week protesters continue to call for change in law enforcement practices in dozens of North Carolina cities, after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. While the intent of most protesters is to remain peaceful, they have been greeted in some cities by heavily armed police forces, and tactics like tear gas and flash bangs.
Dawn talks about protests in cities like Raleigh, and how her group and others are working with some jurisdictions to effect policy changes.

Many of the state’s larger cities, including Raleigh, Asheville, Charlotte and others have imposed a curfew until further notice in an effort to keep protests peaceful. In addition to reports of excessive force used by officers in some cities, there are also reports that outside groups unrelated to the mission of the peaceful protesters are actively working to cause destruction and violence.

For more information on the latest events related to protests in the state

Read more about CPP’s reporting on this issue and other in depth reporting here.

For more information about Emancipate NC, go to this website.

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Stephanie Carson is the former news and community partnerships manager at Carolina Public Press.

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