Local law enforcment and the public discuss the relationship between minorities and police

Police Chiefs from the three local agencies discussed race relations at a forum at the Bush school.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Local law enforcement talked about the relationship between minorities and police Monday at a Texas A&M's Bush School. 

As part of the schools "State of Race and Policing in America" series, police chiefs from both Bryan and College Station, along with the assistant chief for the Texas A&M Police took the stage and answered questions. 

The three men touched on a variety of topics such as the role social media plays in the portrayal of police, how accountability paramount in all three departments when it comes to interactions between officers and citizens, and even current events involving officers. 

The big take away was how communication plays a vital role in building the bridge between police and minority groups. 

It's uncomfortable for everyone, but I feel like we're going to have to actually address the issues and break that barrier of fear of, you know, just that uncomfort zone and actually get to the root of the issue," said student Ashley Turnage. 

"We need to feel comfortable in coming together to have open dialogue," said College Station Police chief Scott McCollum. "Just because I may disagree with you doesn't mean I don't like you. It just means I have a different point of view. So we've got to understand that we've got to come together."

The local police chiefs also say they encourage feedback and will continue working with the community. 

(© 2016 KAGS)


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