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VIDEO: Allentown NAACP issues travel advisory, South Whitehall Township responds

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VIDEO: Allentown NAACP issues travel advisory, South Whitehall Township respondsVIDEO: Allentown NAACP issues travel advisory, South Whitehall Township responds

VIDEO: Allentown NAACP issues travel advisory, South Whitehall Township responds

Davis: i'm wendy davis.

>>>rob vaughn: first at 6?

A travel advisory from the allentown ?doubl???


The group is urging minorities to be careful with how they interact with police in one part of lehigh county.

>>>wendy davis: it's a warning south whitehall township officialls call unwarranted..

And denegrating to police officers.

Wfmz's josh rultenberg is live on hamilton boulevard with more.

>>> josh rultenberg: rob, wendy the travel advisory says "issues of fairness and safety" have come into question for people of color after the polic?involved shooting of a hispanic man last month right where i'm standing and a s?called racial profiling claim against a black man at dorney park earlier this summer.

>>> reporter vice president, tony phillips with the naacp allentown branch says his organization is concerned the south whitehall township police department does not know how to properly deal with people of color.

>>> tony phillips, vp, allentown naacp "you have to come with a new perspective from a new paradigm.

You got to change what it is because it's not working."

>>> reporter that's why the naacp put out its 'travel advisory' which asks minorities to "excercise heightened caution...and to take all measures to avoid any confrontations or interactions with police."

>>> tony phillips, vp, allentown naacp "what we wanted to do is make sure when people come to the valley or they're going to dorney park that they're aware they can be put in a situation where they could be at harm."

>>> reporter phillips says two recent incidents have stuck with the advocacy group.

The first happened on father's day when a black philadelphia school teacher was stopped by an armed dorney park security officer because he fit the description of someone who was said to be going through purses and bags.

>>> tony phillips, vp, allentown naacp "he had just come off a ride and the officers took him in, demanding he go to the security office and the south whitehall township police came and from there a citation was issued for someone who didn't do anything."

>>> reporter the second involves 4?

Yea?old joseph santos who was shot and killed by officer jonathan roselle after police received several calls about a man jumping on and damaging cars near dorney park.

Officer roselle was charged with voluntary manslaughter following the shooting.

>>> statement south whitehall township issued a strong statement in response..

Saying in part, that its police department "does not discriminate against minorities" and the travel advisory "is inaccurate >>> josh rultenberg: we are awaiting a response from dorney park as well.

We'll bring that you to as soon as we get it plus further reaction from the community at 10.

Live in south whitehall township josh rultenberg 69 news.

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