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Law enforcement officials, community leaders, and NAACP representatives met behind closed doors Monday morning to discuss community violence in response to NAACP's press conference last week. Law enforcement officials, community leaders, and NAACP representatives met behind closed doors Monday morning to discuss community violence in response to NAACP's press conference last week.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Law enforcement officials, community leaders, and NAACP representatives met behind closed doors Monday morning to discuss community violence in response to NAACP's press conference last week.

Both District Attorney Ben David and New Hanover County NAACP president Deborah Maxwell said the meeting went well and agree there will be greater transparency between law enforcement and the community moving forward.

David said that each of the NAACP's requests from last week's press conference were responded to.  He thought the meeting was a success.

"The transparency, the trust, the truth that we talk about - everyone wants the same things  and getting around the table is a helpful moment to have," said David. 

He also mentioned that a memo he sent in response to officer-involved shootings was not received by the NAACP and cited that as a reason for misunderstandings between the two groups.

Maxwell said she was given the wrong time for the meeting Monday and hopes it will be the last error in communication between the NAACP and law enforcement.

"It just shows you the miscommunication on the county-city level so it can occur anywhere and it can always be corrected, and that's the main thing- that we correct it and move forward for the better of this county and city," said Maxwell. 

Overall, however, Maxwell said she was pleased with law enforcement's input.

Also in attendance at the meeting was Katherine Parker, attorney for Brandon Smith's family.

She said she will hold judgment on local law enforcement until she sees positive work done from here on out.

"I think the assurances of transparency are good, and hard evidence to back that up would be helpful in this case (Smith's case) and with the community," said Parker.

Parker plans to meet with the district attorney Tuesday to discuss Smith's case.

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