Mayor, police chief and community members join together to discuss racial tension in Louisville
A meeting at Metro Hall on Thursday night was meant to settle race tensions in Louisville before they reach a boiling point.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A meeting at Metro Hall on Thursday night was meant to settle race tensions in Louisville before they reach a boiling point.
Mayor Greg Fischer, LMPD chief Steve Conrad, LMPD officers, community activists and several neighbors from west Louisville communities met behind closed doors for more than two hours.
Neighbors stood up and spoke individually about their distrust of officers and fear of rising racial tensions after the police shootings in Baton Rouge and Minnesota.
Chief Conrad says it was an opportunity to listen to how people feel about their interactions with LMPD officers.
"It is clear from some of the stories that were shared today that not everyone is acting in a way that I expect them to act," he said. "I am committed to doing what I can with (Christopher 2X), with the people in this room or anyone else in the community that wants to work with us to help us make sure we are taking the actions we need to take to help build trust in this community."
Chief Conrad emphasized that he truly believes a vast majority of men and woman officers are trying to do the right thing.
One man named Norman Parker says he came out of the meeting feeling encouraged the city is being proactive on racial tension issues.
"The fact we were able to get the Mayor, the chief of police and department majors in one room to address these issues that the community is bringing to them ... I'm encouraged moving forward," said Parker, who spoke during the meeting.
Activists from the Hood2Hood movement say there is another meeting similar to this one scheduled in August.
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