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Winston-Salem police change checkpoint policy

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — Winston-Salem’s police chief says the department has responded to complaints from the American Civil Liberties Union and revised its policy on driver’s license checkpoints.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Chief Scott Cunningham told a City Council committee about the changes Monday night.

Police checkpoints now require approval from an officer with the rank of lieutenant or higher. The department also created new forms to gather data on checkpoints. The forms include the location of the checkpoint, the purpose of the checkpoint, and information about citations written or arrests made.

Cunningham says police did not collect data the same way at each checkpoint.

A review last year showed that 85 percent of the traffic checkpoints set up by Winston-Salem police in an 11-month period happened in predominantly minority areas.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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