by: Trish Williford Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
New legislation could shine the spotlight on police departments and communities all across North Carolina.
At a youth rally Thursday night, state Rep. Rodney Moore told Channel 9 he felt compelled to take action following the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall Kerrick.
This week Kerrick was indicted on voluntary manslaughter charges.
Moore will write a bill he hopes will strengthen racial profiling laws in the state.
It would require all police to undergo extensive training in racial profiling, and give citizen review boards subpoena power to talk to witnesses and gather evidence in cases involving police officers.
The bill would also require members of neighborhood watch groups to undergo training after what happened in the Trayvon Martin case.
"We’re going to draft and pass a bill that's sensitive to the community but also sensitive to law enforcement," Moore said.
Moore also plans to introduce a bill to abolish North Carolina's Stand Your Ground law.
He hopes to introduce the racial profiling bill during the May legislative session.