Montgomery County is planning two meetings on Race and Police Relations next week to allow residents and local leaders to talk with police in the wake of shootings in Baton Rouge, Minnesota and Dallas. The first in Silver Spring on Tuesday, July 19, and the second on Wednesday, July 20 at the UpCounty Regional Services Center in Germantown. Both are schedule to begin at 7:00 pm.
“The recent events in St. Anthony, Minn. and Baton Rouge, and now Dallas have reignited passionate conversations throughout our nation,” said a release from the County announcing the meetings. “In Montgomery County, our diversity is reflected not only in our race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religion; it is reflected in our life experiences as well. These life experiences shape our points of view and opinions on the tragic events that occurred in these three cities. As the leaders of a coalition of organizations in Montgomery County: the Montgomery County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, the Faith Community Working Group and the Police Department, we believe it is important to have these conversations, and to reaffirm our belief in the sanctity of every life, the protection of everyone’s Constitutional rights, and the importance of a respectful and trusting relationship between the police department and the community. Our hearts go out to the families of all of those killed and injured.”
The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, the Montgomery County Branch of the NAACP, the Faith Community Working Group and the Montgomery County Police Department, along with full support from the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission, the Committee on Hate Violence, and the Black Minister’s Conference will host joint, town-hall meetings to encourage further dialogue about these and other issues.
“We encourage everyone who is interested to participate and share their thoughts, feelings and ideas. Our collective goal is a Montgomery County free of violence, with enhanced safety of everyone in our community. This goal is only achievable when the entire community gets involved. Please make every effort to attend and have your voice heard.”