LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – In response to the recent police-related killings and attacks involving African-Americas in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas, the West Louisville Urban Coalition hosted a community forum where Police Chief Steve Conrad and other members of the Louisville Metro Police Department participated in a discussion with a mixed crowd of hundreds who want to ensure Kentucky’s largest urban city doesn’t become the next hotbed of racial tension.
DeVone Holt, host of the Saturday Morning Solutions Show, hosted the forum, which was intended to serve as a platform to generate solutions that help bridge the gap between police and the African-American community.
Tom Moffett, a long-time white civil rights activist, said the forum was one of the most productive discussions he has witnessed on the topic of race and police relations.
“In my 44 years of living in the black community, this has been one of the most honest and healthy discussions I’ve been a part of,” he said. “I think it’s partly due to the fact that the tragedies happening in our country are forcing us to no longer shy away from these types of discussions.”
After moderating the 3-hour discussion, Holt said, “We didn’t solve all the problems of the world today, but I do believe we’re one step closer to making Louisville a better place for African-Americans to co-exist with police.”
See the photo gallery of the event below by urban photojournalist Bud Dorsey: