Greensboro leaders want to prioritize bias-free policing

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro Deputy Chief James Hinson is in charge of hundreds of officers patrolling the streets every day. When training these officers, he says the department focuses on policing the public without bias.

“It's something that we will not tolerate, it's something we do not condone in any way, shape, form or fashion,” Hinson said.

A city council resolution aims to protect individuals by condemning any form of profiling by the police department.

“We really wanted to make a statement on what Greensboro is all about,” said Mayor Nancy Vaughan.

The idea comes from a committee made of citizens and officers that was created five years ago.

“A resolution that would be something that continues to embody what we are trying to put out to the community which is that we treat all members of our community with dignity and respect,” Hinson said.

But not everybody is convinced any department can completely eliminate bias and profiling form the equation.

“In this day and time you have your crookedness in every type of religion and every type of job profession,” said Greensboro native Kevin Colbert.

Even so, the deputy chief says citizens can file a complaint if they feel they were profiled and an internal investigation could bring consequences to the officer accused.

“Written reprimand, the officer could be suspended or the officer could be terminated. It depends on the extent of that violation,” Hinson said

He says in some instances the officer may be sent back to training to correct the mistake.

City council will discuss and possibly vote on the resolution during its next meeting Sept. 20.

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