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Durham resident Mystic Waters, a.k.a. Chauncey Taylor, lay on the burning concrete and screamed, “I can’t breathe,” punctuating the points made during protests about racial injustice on May 30. Jordan Wilkie / Carolina Public Press

In this episode of The Kicker, Kristi Graunke, legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina and Reverend Corine Mack with the NAACP Charlotte-Mecklenburg Branch talk with host Stephanie Carson about possible policy changes related to recent protests and law enforcement. The conversation comes on the heels of protests and continued calls for policy changes and attention to race relations in communities across North Carolina.


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Curfews have been lifted in most cities, after some protests became violent and escalated beyond the peaceful intent of many people involved. Recent incidents are prompting some jurisdictions to consider policy changes related to enforcement and Asheville’s City Council voted to remove Confederate monuments in the city. Raleigh Police Department will now ban choke holds. The Greensboro Police Department will now require intervention when officers witness excessive use of force.

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 the ACLU of NC, go to this website.

For more information about the NAACP of NC, go to this website.

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