Source: North Carolina Policy Watch

Governor Roy Cooper announced that a new Governor’s Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice would be co-chaired by North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls and Attorney General Josh Stein. The task force will bring suggestions to stop discriminatory police and criminal justice practices and to also hold public safety officers accountable, North Carolina Policy Watch reported.

“We can stop the use of excessive force by police and we know what is needed to achieve racial equity, now is the time to put that knowledge to work,” Earls said. “I am grateful to the Governor and the Attorney General for recognizing that the Judicial Branch has a crucial role to play in eliminating racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and I am committed to a collaborative process with meaningful community involvement to achieve those goals in short order.”

Stein added that there are a number of pervasive inequalities that African Americans experience.

“Even today, African Americans are suffering death at greatly disproportionate rates from COVID-19,” Stein said. “My heart aches for the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and so many other people who have been killed or mistreated by their own government. Any senseless act of violence is tragic, but especially so when perpetrated by those sworn to protect and defend us. It represents such a fundamental violation of the authority we grant law enforcement and the trust we place in them.”

The task force will work on policy solutions and submit their recommendations by December 1st. The executive order also created a Center for the Prevention of Law Enforcement Use of Deadly Force to track statistics and improve the training for officers in the state.
Read the full story on the new task force from North Carolina Policy Watch.