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Staunton Councilman to Host Forum on Racial Profiling

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A prominent figure of Staunton wants to talk openly about racial profiling and he's invited the town. 

Councilman Ophie Kier is hosting a public forum Wednesday, August 7.  Kier says the death of Trayvon Martin is evidence that racial profiling exists, something he says his grandsons shouldn't have to worry about. 

"They have the right to walk the street at night without fearing somebody following them, because of who they are, or because of the color of their skin. That's just about as atrocious a thing going on as could happen in this society today," Kier said. 

The forum is at 6:30 p.m. at Staunton City Hall, although City Council isn't sponsoring the event. 

Kier says all are welcome with one requirement: everyone must come with civility, respect for each other and the ability to really hear what's being said.

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