Groups to talk about federal complaint against Wake County schools

Posted by T. Keung Hui on January 23, 2014 

Several of the civil-rights groups who filed the federal complaint Wednesday against the Wake County school system over school policing will hold a press conference this afternoon.

The event will be held at 4 p.m. at East Wake High School to coincide with the Superintendent’s Direct Line public forum that will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the school. At the press conference, you can expect to hear speakers from the different groups and potentially some of the students whose charges or excessive police force are mentioned in the complaint.

The Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, may attend. NAACP officials said they’re awaiting confirmation of his schedule.

Below is the press release:

For Immediate Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 23, 2014

-Press Advisory-

COALITION OF COMMUNITY groups including NC HEAT, LEGAL, AND NATIONAL GROUPS TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE DETAILING CIVIL RIGHTS AND DUE PROCESS VIOLATIONS IN THE WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM

Groups File Complaint with U.S. Department Of Justice

Raleigh – Wake County community groups including NC HEAT (NC Hero’s Emerging Among Teens) announced a 4:00 PM press conference today to outline a complaint to the United States Department of Justice regarding the Wake County Public School System and Several Local Police Departments in connection to the treatment of African American youth and students with disabilities. The civil rights groups joined a complaint highlighting a troubling pattern of civil rights and due process violations involving the Wake County Sheriff’s Department, Apex Police Department, Cary Police Department, Fuquay-Varina Police Department, Garner Police Department, Holly Springs Police Department, Knightdale Police Department, Raleigh Police Department, Wake Forest Police Department, and Wake County Public School System.

In addition to NC HEAT, the complaint is brought by individual students supported by a broad-based coalition of youth, parent and community organizations including Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children (CCCAAC), Education Justice Alliance (EJA), Justice Served NC, and NC NAACP.The filing is also supported by legal and national groups including Advocates for Children’s Services (ACS), North Carolina Justice Center, Duke Children’s Law Clinic, NCCU Juvenile Law Clinic, University of North Carolina Juvenile Justice Clinic, Center for Civil Rights Remedies of the Civil Rights Project of UCLA, UNC Center for Civil Rights, ACLU, ACLU of NC Legal Foundation, Dignity in Schools Campaign, and Advancement Project.

WHO: NC Heroes Emerging Among Teens (NC HEAT), North Carolina NAACP State Conference and local branches, Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children (CCCAAC), Education Justice Alliance (EJA), Justice Served NC, and Wake County Public School System students.

WHAT: Press Conference

WHEN: January 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm

WHERE: East Wake High School

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