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Community forum gives citizens face-to-face conversation with LMPD

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- People calling for a transparent police force went face-to-face with LMPD on Thursday.

It was all part of a community forum hosted by the Louisville Urban League. The plan for LMPD over the coming weeks and months is to explain the six pillars of President Barack Obama's 21st Century Policing Guidelines. Those guidelines are the building blocks for LMPD's community policing efforts. 

The recent scenes playing out in Tulsa, Okla., and Charlotte, N.C., were not directly addressed during the forum. LMPD Chief Steve Conrad did talk about avoiding a clash between people and police.

"When we get into a situation to resolve it without the use of force, that is what we want to do," he said. "We want to come away from every encounter with a citizen without anyone getting hurt."

Many of the recent shooting deaths locally have involved young people. One parent summed it all up when he got the microphone, calling on all parents to keep their kids off the streets. 

"We cannot expect the police department to raise our community," the parent said. "We got to raise our community."

This was just the first community forum from LMPD, they have five other similar forums planned in the near future. 

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