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Some of Columbia's young black men feel they are unfairly targeted by police

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Teens write down the concerns they have with law enforcement. Teens write down the concerns they have with law enforcement.
Assistant Police Chief Marlon Kelly addresses students concerns Assistant Police Chief Marlon Kelly addresses students concerns
 

By Jacob Boland

The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the shooting of an unarmed black man by a state trooper here in Columbia have African-American high school students worried they are being targeted by law enforcement.

Columbia Assistant Police Chief Merlon Kelley met with students at C.A. Johnson High School to discuss their concerns Thursday night at the “Brothers Let's Talk” community forum.

Many black students said they felt they are being targeted by law enforcement for no reason other than the color of their skin.

“They're actually harming us and they're actually killing us off.  So what does that say about the protection system? If we get in trouble who we get to call”,  said C.A. Johnson senior Roderick Haynes, Jr.

 Assistant Chief Kelley grew up near the area and he says he understands their concerns.


“I can tell you how to handle the police if you're scared. I can tell you how to answer questions if you're pulled over, you need to  know that," he said.

Kelly said community leaders hope to introduce new ideas to the city to improve relations between law enforcement and the black community.

The Brothers Let's Talk organization will host meetings every Thursday night at C.A. Johnson to address issues in the community.

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