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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some in the African- American community say they’ve noticed a change in police attitude.

Alvin Moore is one of the people who say they feel like a victim of racial profiling in light of recent violence.

Moore says he is extremely angry by the way Wilmington Police talked to him last week after a deputy was shot in Creekwood.

“‘You people?’ That’s wrong. We are not living in the 20’s anymore. Don’t say ‘you people’, I have a name. I put my pants on like you do every morning,” said Moore.

Others also said they feel their friends and family have been targets because of their skin color during law enforcement’s search to track down Brandon Smith, the man they say shot Michael Spencer.

“I know four black men in my life and all four got pulled over,” said Sherri Ulcak.

Ulcak does think this coincidental.

“That goes to show they don’t know what to do at this point. They don’t know what to do other than to harass all black people,” said Ulcak.

But not all the people we spoke with on Tuesday think police are harassing them.

One African- American man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he feels more threatened by the people he passes on the streets.

“Me and my girl were walking down the street and we were looking over our shoulder every minute.”

We asked the police department what it thought about the allegations and a spokeswoman released this statement: “We take every complaint seriously and would encourage anyone who feels they’ve been profiled or mistreated to file a complaint with the Wilmington Police Department. Our Internal Affairs Unit will make sure this complaint is reviewed and follow-up is made with each complainant. The Wilmington Police Department has a strict policy against profiling and we hold each of our officers accountable to obeying this policy.”

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35 Comments on "Some say WPD is racial profiling in light of violence"


deputy25
2015 years 8 months ago

proud of you. this is what was done back in the 60 and 70’s . people were responsible to themselves first and did things right. i dont know where it went wrong , but my guess is when they took GOD and the paddle out of school and the switch from the parents hand!!

guesty
2015 years 8 months ago

“I put my pants on like you do every morning,” said Moore.”

I bet you do put them on the same way, but the question is, how do you then wear them? Do you walk around with your underwear showing? Does it look like you took a huge dump in your pants?

originalwilmingtonian
2015 years 8 months ago

What the people of the community are trying to convey to the world is that they don’t like how the police are treating them during the search. It appears the police were handling the “innocent” people like criminals and that’s not right. Case in point my 26 year old female cousin and her fiancé. There were recent reports of drive by shootings in the area and the car description was similar to my cousin’s car. My cousin lives in a home near the creekwood area. The police have pulled them over at least 5 different times and roughed them both up. My cousin was pulled out the car and slammed against the hood. Now tell me… how is this acceptable behavior by the cops?? I told them to go downtown to report this to the chief. This is harassment that can not be tolerated. So if they treated my cousin like this b/c her car was the same color as the car they were looking for… I couldn’t imagine how they treated those boys/men in the search of the man who SHOT one of their own! I guarantee it was not a lovely encounter. These comments are coming from those racist who hide behind the keyboard. It’s really uncalled for people.

Guest1971
2015 years 8 months ago

Well it’s not racial profiling if your right!

guesttony
2015 years 8 months ago

I had to reply to your post because it warmed my heart! Good for you! You are an inspiration and thank you for your perseverance. I applaud your courage and willingness to be a productive member of society, despite the culture that tried to get you to embrace government dependence.

 

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