Salisbury Community Turns Out for Police Conduct Meeting

Apr 30, 2014

Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan
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Salisbury residents gathered at First Baptist Church to question law enforcement officials in the wake of three police-involved shootings – two of them fatal.

Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan told the audience that her officers only use deadly force in instances where it is being used against them or against another.

She added those instances are “few and far between”.

In addition some at the meeting raised the prospect of creating a citizen review board.

Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello told the group that his office reviews investigation when it comes to deadly force.

Mary Ashanti, president of the Wicomico County Branch of the NAACP, has proposed a civilian oversight board with subpoena powers.

Meanwhile, McKinley Hayward, who attended the event, told the Salisbury Daily Times that he would like to see more police officers out in the neighborhoods for reasons other than arrests.