BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – In a time when community policing is at the forefront of conversations, young people got the chance to speak with law enforcement and community members about the topic.
People gathered inside Politics Sneaker store on Perkins Rd. for a candid conversation with a panel of law enforcement and community activists.
“We have to deal with the emotions, right? There’s a lot of trauma in the community. There’s generational trauma and even though we may experience some successes in our police department there are still challenges,” said Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul.
Politics at Politics is an ongoing series, creating space for younger people to have dialogue and be involved in their communities.
“I wanted to make sure that the community had a seat at the table and they’re making sure that these people are doing their jobs,” said organizer Morgan Walker
“Often times a lot of people feel like they can’t have relationships, they can’t have communication with their community leaders so this is a good space where they can meet them half way,” said participant Anthony Kenney.
Inside a packed room, people were able to address the chief and ask questions. There are massive investigations ongoing at BRPD and Louisiana State Police.
“If we look at some of the barriers that exist between the community and police it’s only through conversations like these that we start to take those down,” said President of the Baton Rouge Branch of NAACP Eugene Collins
People spoke freely, hoping their words can enact change.
“The trauma that you spoke about is real and there won’t be any healing if you die from it.”