NAACP hold second meeting on excessive-force claims

The Modesto/Stanislaus chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held the second of two town hall meetings Thursday to discuss allegations of excessive force by law enforcement and to call for independent investigations of those incidents.

Law enforcement officials and government leaders were on a panel that answered questions about the policies of use of force to detain suspects and procedures to file a complaint of excessive force.

Sitting on the panel were Assistant Modesto Police Chief Mike Harden, Turlock Police Chief Gary Hampton, Ceres Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges, Modesto City Councilman Brad Hawn and Booker Neal of the U.S. Department of Justice.

About 90 people attended Thursday's meeting at the King-Kennedy Memorial Center.

Attendees and NAACP members asked the panel questions, but the questions could not be about specific cases that alleged excessive force by police.