The Raleigh Police Department conducted undercover surveillance at meetings held by the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP to organize this year's mass protests of the Republican-led state legislature.
Raleigh City Council member Mary-Ann Baldwin says city officials confirmed the surveillance to her on Monday following inquires by The Associated Press.
State NAACP president William Barber says he is concerned Raleigh police chose to conduct surveillance at the planning meetings, which were typically held in the sanctuary of a nearby church. Barber says his group had nothing to hide and that the officers would have been welcomed had they worn uniforms or introduced themselves.
Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said the department routinely conducts surveillance to "enhance the safety" of public events," but refused to say whether that included NAACP meetings.
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