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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington woman brought a little holiday cheer to the hillcrest community to bring local leaders and residents together. Sheriff Ed McMahon attended and took some time to talk to us about recent comments by the NAACP.

Thanksgiving came a little early to the Hillcrest community. For the 14th year in a row organizer Sylvia Colbert put together a Thanksgiving dinner for seniors and asked local leaders to join. Colbert says she invited local leaders in an effort to open the lines of communication.

Sheriff McMahon stopped by to enjoy the holiday festivities and talk with residents.

After NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber said yesterday the civil rights group is concerned officers are becoming the “judge, jury, and executioner,” we wanted to know his thoughts.

“Unfortunate. I mean it’s an incorrect feeling,” McMahon said. “You know, we welcome the SBI. We welcome the investigations. We ask for them.”

McMahon says along with Wilmington Police, they are working hard to keep our streets safe. He says one part of that is enforcement, but the other part is gaining the trust of the community.

McMahon says events like today’s at Hillcrest,where leaders and residents can come together, discuss issues and support each other, can make our community a safer place.

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