It’s been close to five months since Alton Sterling was shot and killed by a baton rouge police officer and we are still waiting for a decision from the Department of Justice as to whether or not the officers will be charged.
Community leaders, law enforcement officials and Governor John Bel Edwards have been working to heal the wounds in our community and bring people together.
A meeting took place on Monday morning between Baton Rouge community leaders, law enforcement and the governor’s office to discuss the pending department of justice announcement into their investigation of the Alton Sterling shooting.
One of the first steps in fixing a problem is to admit you have a problem.
Governor Edwards said, “The simple truth of the matter is that we have too many police officers that are scared of members of the public and too many members of the public who are scared of police officers. It doesn’t have to be that way, but nothing is gonna change unless we make it change and that’s what these meetings are about”.
The group discussed ways to improve relationships between the community and law enforcement.
Governor Edwards said that due to the uncertainty of when or what the Department of Justice will come back with makes these meeting more important than ever.
He said, “As we gather here today we have no idea when that announcement is going to be made or what that announcement will be, but this is something we have to do regardless”.
Baton Rouge Police Chief, Carl Dabadie, said, “The only way we are going to get through this is united. We cant do it individually. It’s going to have to be a united effort and the positive we got from this meeting is that we are one united community working towards a goal”.
Governor Edwards also said that this will not be the only meeting of its kind.
They will continue to meet as long as they need to.