Durham recently joined the ranks of several North Carolina towns and cities in requiring police to put consent searches in writing. The decision by the city council came in response to racially motivated arrests, which have widened the rift between police and the community for years. Consent forms stood out among 34 recommendations put forward by the city’s Human Relations Commission.
Durham is the second city to require consent forms. Fayetteville pioneered this method in 2012 under similar circumstances. Other areas considering this approach include Charlotte, Greensboro, Asheville, Winston-Salem, and Wilmington. Unlike Fayetteville and Durham, however, these cities do not require police to comply with this method.