Attorney general to visit North Carolina, laud police effort

AP News
Posted: May 24, 2016 9:30 AM

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is encouraging a North Carolina police department's efforts to become more community-friendly.

Lynch is scheduled to visit Fayetteville on Tuesday to celebrate the Police Department's improvements in policy and oversight.

The visit is part of her national Community Policing Tour of six communities that excel in areas cited in a report by President Barack Obama's policing task force. The group was created in response to upheaval in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere that exposed the gulf between local law-enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

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Fayetteville police Chief Harold Medlock in 2014 asked the U.S. Justice Department for input on how it could operate better. The federal agency made dozens of suggestions in December and has noted that the racial disparity in police traffic stops is declining.