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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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Guest 4593
2015 years 11 months ago

You are so CORRECT!!! Continue to STRIVE.. You came from a SOLID GROUNDED family!! You have to want change.. You have a STORY to TELL and it was worth reading!!!

Guest 74593
2015 years 11 months ago

I am sick of YOU PEOPLE!!! What about the racial profiling that you are doing in your OWN community!!! Selling that MESS!!! to your GRANDMOTHER, GRANDFATHER, MOTHER, FATHER, SISTER, BROTHER, COUSIN, CHILDREN and the list goes ON.. And you not gving a _____ about WHO you sell it too!! ROBBING your families, neighbors, friends and the list goes ON.. Being disrepectful to your family, etc and the list goes ON.. NOT TO MENTION KILLING EACHOTHER!!! Now you are the ignorant one. YOU PEOPLE go to the store and BUY WHITE PEOPLE named brand clothing,shoes etc. Yall are FUNNY!!… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

The Bloods and the Crips Street Gangs are made up of primarily African Americans. I am a retired cop from a major city where we had numerous gangs. These gangs primarily prey on the communities in which they live. The crimes they commit are mostly black on black crimes. The people in Creekwood and other gang infested areas should be happy that their Police and Sheriff’s Department are willing to put their lives on the line to protect all the people in these crime ridden and dangerous neighborhoods. As a retire police officer and a citizen of New Hanover County… Read more »

Wilmington Observer
2015 years 11 months ago

I, absolutely, abhor big government, high taxes and wasteful government spending. Now, someone is proposing the use of my tax dollars to demolish Creekwood??

Not only would I support such an endeavor but I would write a check to help cover the cost!!!

Wilmington Observer

2015 years 11 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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