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Criminal Justice Forum Being Held in Sussex

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A discussion on the criminal justice system involving Delaware's top law enforcement official and chief public defender will occur in Sussex County on Tuesday night.

The forum, called “What Happens After You’re Accused of a Crime in Delaware," is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Trinity Faith Christian Center in Lewes and will be hosted during a meeting of the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice.

Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn and Bryan O'Neill, head of the Office of Defense Services, were expected to attend.

La Mar Gunn, president of the Central Delaware NAACP, said he was hopeful the discussions would lead to positive developments but feels the current criminal justice system is "broken."

"It's grossly unfair as to how minorities are treated throughout the entire process."

Camden Police Chief William Bryson, head of the Delaware Police Chiefs Council, said community and police relations are better in Delaware than in other parts of the country. He said police officers have the same goals as the public: for people who are guilty to be punished.

"Law enforcement and the community want the person guilty arrested," he said. "We don't want to charge the wrong person and the community doesn't want the wrong person charged."

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