Organizers are hoping the forum will help create a movement based on shared responsibility and mutual accountability with the community and police. Source: WMBF News
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Local leaders are joining forces with the Conway Police department to start a proactive conversation about race and community-police relations.
NAACP leaders said the organizations want to promote peace and get beyond police violence, so the community will not have issues the nation is facing today.
Leaders are also looking for ways to make sure the cycle of crime that is hurting communities across the country does not happen in our area.
Organizers said while they feel for the police community after the Dallas shootings, they feel that much needs to be done to address the ongoing tension between African-Americans and law enforcement.
Leaders said public safety should be everyone's business so they need to come together and be trendsetters.
The hope is for the meeting to focus on emphasizing unity as county citizens.
Communication is key, so organizers say the reason for this meeting is two-fold: For police to understand the community better and for the community to understand law enforcement's way of doing things.
The local NAACP feels racial profiling exists in our community, so instead of overlooking it, the group wants to address it.
"It is necessary for us to at least make it known that we're concerned, and to be concerned, you have to stand up for what you feel is the right thing to do, and that’s what we're doing,” NAACP representative Earl Williams said.