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NAACP calling on AG to investigate police practices, racial bias in Poughkeepsie

Nov 01, 2019 1:15 pm
MidHudsonNews [dot] com is reporting the president of the Northern Dutchess NAACP, October 31, called on state Attorney General Letitia James to investigate “the police practices and the alleged racial bias here in the City of Poughkeepsie.” The request came after attorney William Wagstaff filed a civil rights complaint against the city and its police department alleging police officers physically and verbally abused and threatened two teenage girls. An investigation by the city cleared the officers involved of any wrongdoing. Northern Dutchess NAACP President Eloise Maxey said this week that following the March 11 incident, she asked the mayor and police chief to implement special training on therapeutic crisis intervention, training in proper ways to interact with and apprehend children, the elderly, and the mentally handicapped. She also requested the city hire a youth officer trained to work with young people and that mandatory diversity and sensitivity training be conducted on an ongoing basis. Maxey said she has yet to receive a response from the city. Read the full story at MidHudsonNews [dot] com