Law enforcement, black community discuss ways to bring change

June 21, 2020 | 12:08 am

Updated June 20, 2020 | 11:35 pm

Members of the black community and law enforcement officials discussed how to bring change during an event Saturday. | Photo by Ngan Ho

Saturday’s “Uniting for Change with Law Enforcement” centered around race relations and interactions between members of the black community and law enforcement officials.

A panel of eight local law enforcement officials — four each from the Owensboro Police Department and the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office — answered questions on sensitive topics from a crowd of about 50 attendees.

The forum was hosted by Mount Calvary Baptist Church as part of its “We are the Change” series, which is intended to provide informational and inspirational events that are “designed to create viable community transformation.”

The Rev. Andre Bradley, pastor of Mount Calvary, moderated the discussion.

“I think what was accomplished today was a fresh start,” Bradley said. “I think it’s an opportunity for the community to hear from law enforcement and for law enforcement to talk with the community to bridge the gap to bring about change. I think it was a start to create a conversation that changes the narrative in America.”

The church’s youth group will hold the next series event “Fueling the Change Cook-Out” where the church and will provide free meals between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on June 26.

Bradley challenges law enforcement officials to also attend this gathering. All of the events will be held at Mount Calvary Baptist Church at 507 Plum Street.

Other events inlcude:

June 27: In “Uniting for Changes with Legal Professionals” from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., attorneys and prosecutors with the county and Commonwealth will be invited to participate in the discussion.

June 28: The “Praying for Change Walk” at 11:30 a.m. is a 1.1-mile walk that begins at the church.

June 21, 2020 | 12:08 am

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