Roy Cooper addresses HB2 and Charlotte shooting during Wilmington visit

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As we get closer to the elections, more and more candidates are making appearances in the Cape Fear region.

North Carolina Attorney General, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Roy Cooper stopped in Wilmington Saturday. He attended the 32nd Annual Unity Banquet hosted by the New Hanover County Democratic Party Saturday.

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“We need people who are gonna work hard to protect the middle class, cut taxes for the middle class, help small businesses grow,” Cooper said, “and that’s what this is about, making sure we move our state forward. I’m excited to be in New Hanover County.”

Over the past several months, North Carolina has made national headlines for various issues such as House Bill 2, a bill Cooper wants repealed.

“HB2 not only writes discrimination into our law, but it is also hurting our economy, costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars,” Cooper said. “It has costs thousands of jobs and it has put a tarnish on our reputation nationally.”

Another major issue making national headlines, the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott. Cooper called for the Charlotte police to release the body cam and dash cam video last week and is glad the Chief finally did.

“It is critical that we get to the truth,” Cooper said. “It is critical that there be transparency in the process, because that helps to bring trust between law enforcement and the communities and that’s what we’ve gotta do.”

Republican North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory also agrees with the decision. McCrory released this statement on Facebook:

“As governor of North Carolina, I concur with the Charlotte police chief’s decision to release the tapes,” McCrory said. “I have been assured by the State Bureau of Investigation that the release will have no material impact on the independent investigation since most of the known witnesses have been interviewed. We have appreciated the ongoing dialogue and team work between state and city officials to seek public transparency while protecting the integrity of the investigation and the rights of all parties involved in this case.”

McCrory and Cooper face off for governor November 8.