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Concerned for safety after shootings, residents meet with Raleigh police chief

Posted July 11

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— People concerned for their safety after a series of shootings last week had an opportunity Monday to speak to the Raleigh police chief at Mount Peace Baptist Church.

When shots were fired in Minnesota, Louisiana and Dallas, local pastors say everyone was wounded as they called for prayer and something more.

“We are looking for fruit, we are looking for results and results happen when people come together,” said Howard Winston with the Trinity United Faith Center Church.

Results were the reason Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown was also at the meeting Monday night.

“It has to start here,” she said.

Deck-Brown said she has seen the same videos of recent police-involved shootings that concerned so many others and she has similar questions about what happened in those cases.

“One of the most dangerous facets of law enforcement is that traffic stop because there is an assumption at times and a lack of communication at other times,” she said.

Deck-Brown showed the crowd how a safe traffic stop should play out. She said when something goes wrong, she wants to hear about it.

Everybody at the meeting was in agreement that the loss of life around the country in recent days can’t continue to happen.

“We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or perish together as fools,” said Mary M. Heggy with the First Philadelphia Christian Center.

Several months ago, Deck-Brown met with Raleigh residents about their concerns in face-to-face meetings. She said she hopes to release a report on those meetings soon.


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