The fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri led to a “Can Ferguson Happen Here?” forum last week. There was a second forum Wednesday night at Ebenezer Baptist Church where people again voiced their concerns over how Charlottesville Police treat the city’s African-American community. One speaker called the Charlottesville Department the most disrespectful she’s ever seen. More than a dozen speakers expressed concerns, but they also talked about their hopes of healing and change. City Police Chief Tim Longo was there to tell the crowd that he heard them at their last meeting, and his department is working on change. But Longo says it can only work when both sides continue to work together. Among the forum leaders’ “Proposed Next Steps” is the formation of an area-wide community coalition with more meetings to follow.
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