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“It’s not an us vs. them:” Discussion in Milwaukee focuses on bridging the gap between police, community

MILWAUKEE -- The combined goal of several organizations in Milwaukee is improving your safety. The public was invited on Monday evening, December 19th to listen and speak out during a discussion at City Hall.

Marynell Regan

Marynell Regan

It was an important discussion about bringing police and the community together. Members of both groups met at City Hall to brainstorm solutions to the divisions that have plagued the city.

"It`s largely in response to the fact that we are in crisis in this city," Marynell Regan, a member of Milwaukee's Fire and Police Commission said.

Discussion in Milwaukee focuses on bridging the gap between police, community

It's a crisis multiple groups are working to tackle.

On Monday evening, members of the FPC, the NAACP and the League of Martin talked about improving police/community relations.

"It`s hard to talk about race. It`s hard to talk about police misconduct," Tracey Dent with the Peace for Change Alliance said.

The group addressed tough topics -- everything from how police patrol, to the difficulties of working at the Milwaukee Police Department during a time of unrest.

Discussion in Milwaukee focuses on bridging the gap between police, community

"Everybody should have the right to be treated equally. That`s all we saying. We need to change the mentality from a warrior to a guardian," Fred Royal, president of the Milwaukee branch of the NAACP said.

"It`s a little bit challenging to be out there because any time an officer does something, whether it`s here or in another state, it is something that we all pay for," Regina Howard said.

Discussion in Milwaukee focuses on bridging the gap between police, community

The group ultimately decided Monday evening the community and police need one another.

"It`s not an us vs. them," Royal said.

"To hear what people are thinking and talking about -- I think that`s the way you really build strong community relationships is you have sessions where people can just talk," Regan said.

Discussion in Milwaukee focuses on bridging the gap between police, community

These meetings are part of a continuous effort to bridge the gap between the community and police.

Leaders who took part in the discussion said they're also working to increase diversity on the police force, and they plan to hold a recruitment in 2017.

Discussion in Milwaukee focuses on bridging the gap between police, community

4 comments

  • Daniel W.

    This is a liberal city with liberal citizens. By default the gap will never be filled. Liberals will always want to blame someone else. Liberals believe they are always right. When liberals heard about the knife attack in ohio, they said the officer should have used restraint and not killed the attacker even after he stabbed multiple people and ran over a few others for the sole reason that the attacker was black. Its that mind set that keeps this city the way it is and liberals want it this way.

  • phacepalm

    A large percent of blacks have a chip on their shoulders….. (No need for that either) Until that changes, nothing else will.

  • Lizzy

    It’s not that hard to follow the law. The reason there is a problem with community relations with the police is because this so called “community” does not follow the law. Therefore, they are against those who enforce it. It goes back to square one. We need a change in the mentality that it is ok to oppose the police-to fight them and disrespect them. This is what is getting us into trouble. Everyone wants to look for a way for the police to change. They aren’t the ones that should change. They are not the problem. The community is the problem. If you are a law-abiding citizen, you don’t fear the police. If you are a law-abiding citizen, you look to the police to protect you from those that are causing problems within your community. I will never understand this idea that the police are the bad guys. Get over it Milwaukee. Grow up and start raising your children to be respectful children and adults. This is what needs to change.

  • confused

    Everybody should have the right to be treated equally YES do not argue, mouth off or fight with the officer-do the crime get arrested. Just like ANY one else.

    We need to change the mentality from a warrior to a guardian YES do not run around with stolen guns-or any gun for that matter and not expect to be shot. Do not march down the street yelling things at cops, do not burn down cities, stop jacking cars and robbing people and businesses like YOU are collecting the spoils of war. Stop being so &$%* confrontational about everything.

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