2002-03-16 / Community

NAACP Sponsors Public Meeting

NAACP Sponsors Public Meeting

The Far Rockaway Chapter of the NAACP will be holding a meeting to allow people from the community to voice their concerns regarding the tactics of the Queens Narcotics Division.

"This will be an important meeting because it will give people an opportunity to talk about the issue of community policing and the tactics that are involved. We will then have a follow-up meeting with NYPD officials to discuss the complaints and hopefully rectify the problems," said Ed Williams, President of the Far Rockaway Chapter.

"We want to make sure that further tension between police and the community does not develop, and I think this meeting will do a lot to keep the lines of communication open," he continued.

The meeting will be take place on March 19 at the Macedonia Baptist Church, located at 330 Beach 67 Street. The event is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

"The meeting is to make everyone aware of their civil rights. They should come to the meeting and get the facts about protecting their rights," said Williams.

The meeting was prompted by two front-page stories that appeared in The Wave regarding allegations of misconduct by the Queens Narcotics Division.

"The innocent victims of the recent abuse incidents will tell how narcotics officers kicked down their apartment door at 5:30 in the morning, put guns to their heads and continued to search and harass them, even when they were in the wrong apartment. The community needs to attend this meeting in full force because if it happened to these people, it can happen to them," Williams continued.

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