Panel to address racial bias in N.C. justice system begins

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Judges, law enforcement, elected officials and others brought together to examine ways to eliminate racial disparities in North Carolina’s criminal justice and court systems are holding their first meeting.

The North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice was created by Gov. Roy Cooper in the days after massive demonstrations following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Attorney General Josh Stein and state Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls are the leaders of the panel meeting Friday.

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Cooper gave the commission until Dec. 1 to make specific recommendations to local governments and legislators to address systemic racial bias.