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McDonough Co. NAACP hosting public meeting to address racial profiling allegations

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MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -

Is racial profiling happening in Macomb?

The McDonough County NAACP will hold a public meeting Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Vineyard Community Church in Macomb with local law enforcement officials.

"We've had a lot of complaints, a lot of complaints from young black males getting stopped asking where they are going, where they've been, show some I.D. and that issue has to be addressed it's just gotten way out of control," McDonough County NAACP President Gregg Huston said.

Huston said the local NAACP chapter has received numerous complaints from people who say they've been singled out by local law enforcement because of their race. Huston believes racial profiling is a widespread issue THAT deserves attention.

"It's not right that they are targets in the community," Huston said. "I was a young black male at one time and I know what it's like growing up in this community and as a young black male it seems like they have become targets, and that issue has to be addressed."

WGEM reached out to the McDonough County Sheriff's Office, the Macomb Police Department and the Illinois State Police, but no one was available for comment.

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