Fayetteville City Council Could Halt Police Search Practice

The Fayetteville City Council could vote to put a temporary freeze on a type of police search that has drawn criticism as disproportionately focusing on black residents.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that the city council is scheduled to vote Monday on a resolution that would halt so-called consent searches for four months.

In a consent search, police can ask drivers for permission to search a vehicle based on nothing more than a hunch.

Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Arp says he supports the police, but wants time for an independent review of the practice.

If the council votes to approve the moratorium, it would begin on Feb. 1.

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