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After winning election four years ago, Democratic Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden directed his deputies to start doing traffic enforcement. It was an area of law enforcement that the Sheriff’s Office had long avoided, after the consolidation of the old Mecklenburg Police with the Charlotte Police Departments. The CMPD took over 911 response and traffic enforcement while the Sheriff’s Office handles courtroom and jail security, as well as serving court papers.

But after about a year of traffic enforcement, McFadden now says his deputies won’t stop drivers for non-moving violations. He says it’s an effort to address racial inequality – because Blacks get more citations than Whites, despite being a smaller portion of the population.

McFadden says the policy will improve interactions between officers and citizens.

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