NAACP to hold public forum on law enforcement in Jackson County

Press release from the Jackson County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People:

August 3, 2015 – The Jackson County Branch of the NAACP invites the public to attend “Jackson County Justice: A Public Forum on Law Enforcement” at 11am on Saturday, August 15th at Liberty Baptist Church. This event is part of a series of public forums designed to strengthen communication between members of the justice system and all members of our communities. The first of the series will focus on Law Enforcement and will feature Jackson County Sheriff Chip Hall, Sylva Police Chief Davis Woodard, and Western Carolina University Police Chief Ernie Hudson. We invite members of the public to submit questions about local law enforcement to be answered during the event. Some of the questions we have asked them to address focus on policies, officer training, use of force, public feedback, oversight, and use of cameras.

In the current climate of increased visibility and scrutiny of law enforcement practices around the country, we want to encourage an ongoing, proactive conversation with local law enforcement officers. We are pleased that Jackson County’s law enforcement leaders have welcomed this opportunity to address residents’ questions and concerns. Through this event and others, we hope to strengthen the kinds of communication and education needed for ensuring effective policing practices and fostering a shared sense of community.


Questions about Jackson County law enforcement may be submitted by anyone, any time before August 15:

On our website:              

By e-mail:              

By mail:                                    PO Box 788 Sylva, NC 28779

In person:                        In comment boxes or during the event


Future events in the Justice series will take place in the fall and spring and will focus on other aspects of the law, including forums with local prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and more. Similar events are also being planned for areas west of Jackson County. For more information about the series, contact


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