MARION — The Marion City Council is working on forming a working group to address and find solutions to racial equity issues within the city.During a work session Tuesday night, the City Council discussed the logistics of forming a group.On July 23, members of the Marion Alliance for Racial Equity addressed the council, asking the city to stop racial profiling in traffic stops, establish a citizens police review board and make city departments more respectful, welcoming and diverse.At that meeting, the alliance also recommended forming a working group to meet between council meetings to address racial equity issues with members of the alliance, the mayor, city manager, police chief and a council member.

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