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Charlotte meetings set ahead of trial for white police officer in death of unarmed black man

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — North Carolina's largest city is bracing for the start of a police shooting trial later this month and trying to build bridges to avoid the racial unrest that's rocked other cities.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1D1Eaxk ) that a meeting Thursday at Sanctuary Charlotte Church seeks to build an interfaith, interracial coalition against racism and injustice. Speakers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP, the Charlotte Muslim community and Center City Church are expected.

A rally is planned for Sunday that seeks to unite police and the community groups they've been meeting with since the September 2013 shooting of Jonathan Ferrell. The unarmed black man was shot by a white officer. Randall Kerrick. He's accused of voluntary manslaughter and is scheduled to go on trial July 20.

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