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Chief: Police spied on Moral Monday protesters

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Raleigh police chief says an undercover officer did attend two meetings of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP held to organize mass protests of the Republican-led state legislature.

Police chief Cassandra Deck-Brown released a statement confirming the surveillance hours after The Associated Press reported it Monday, based on a city council member's account.

Deck-Brown says the officer attended only the portions of the two meetings that were open to the media and members of the public.

She says the purpose was to determine how many people were expecting to be arrested to allow the department to be ready.

She says when the department realized that accurate information could be obtained without attending the meetings, the officer stopped going.

About 940 people were arrested at the weekly Moral Monday rallies opposing GOP-backed policies.

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