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West Virginia college hosts table top discussion on civil rights

West Virginia Northern Community College hosted a civil rights tabletop discussion last night to educate the public on civil rights and what constitutes a civil rights violation with law enforcement.

West Virginia Northern Community College hosted a civil rights tabletop discussion last night to educate the public on civil rights and what constitutes a civil rights violation with law enforcement.

It featured members of the FBI, Wheeling Police Department and Ohio Valley Ministerial Alliance, and included a presentation by members of the FBI's Civil Rights Squad from Pittsburgh.

They showed scenarios of potential police misconduct, and encouraged the public to interact, discussing whether what they saw was a violation of civil rights. It served as a way to connect law enforcement and residents.

"Wheeling is growing and it's changing," said Kathy Savage-Blanchard of Warwood. “I think that the more of us that are involved and at the table, I think the better it can be for all of us."

"In order to be successful in law enforcement, you must have the public trust,” said Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger. “This is just another avenue in trying to achieve that trust of the community that we serve as a whole."

Schwertfeger added it is important to always be accessible to the public.

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