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Town hall discusses violent crime and race relations in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A town hall meeting in Louisville on Tuesday night discussed how violent crime and citizens' relationship with police is being felt in the city and around the country.

Panelists met at the Louisville Urban League to talk about how race plays a role in interactions with police. 

Some called on LMPD to look into additional training that could provide a better understanding of how police are viewed. One person asked about the challenge of getting people more engaged in police outreach programs.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad says more needs to be done to reduce violent crime in the city following the 90th homicide Monday night.

"That is compared to 58 at this point last year," said Dr. Kevin Cosby, pastor at St. Stephen Church. "That represents an almost 55 percent increase in the number of homicides. It is just a terrible, tragic situation."

"If you come to west Louisville, in many urban areas it's an opportunity desert in which people don't have the paths to maximize their skillsets."

The panelists also discussed income inequality between African-American and white communities.    

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