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NAACP says marijuana arrests indicate racial profiling in Charleston

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African Americans are nearly 3% more likely to be charged with marijuana possession, according to a new study by the American Civil Liberties Union.

That statistic has the NAACP claiming those arrests were made by racially profiling certain neighborhoods.

Monday the NAACP held a press conference addressing this study. "African Americans in our counties are profiled more than their counterparts," Dot Scott said. "So if they're profiling and stopping, does that mean they're using more or are you getting an opportunity to stop them more for whatever reason?"

Neither police or deputies were able to go on-camera to address these claims but said arrest records are not separated by ethnicity.

The NAACP is holding a town hall meeting next week about this and inviting all law enforcement agencies to attend. It will be at the Fellowship Hall of Morris Brown AME Church at 6:30 p.m.

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