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Birmingham City Council Hosts Black, White, and Blue: An Open Dialogue Between The Birmingham Police Department and Residents

PRESS RELEASE                                                                             Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

 

BIRMINGHAM, AL – 532. That’s the number of people who have been shot and killed by police in 2016 thus far. This number is expected to exceed the 990 police involved shootings in 2015. The statistics are gut wrenching and the solution seems to be unclear. Knowing this, the Birmingham City Council is hosting an open dialogue tonight at 6 p.m. to hear from the public on what they think needs to be done to mend the relationship between communities and the police. The event will take place in Downtown Ensley between 19th Street and Avenue F. Birmingham City Council President Johnathan F. Austin said tonight’s meeting is vital to ensure that “We Won’t Be Next.”

“As the legislative branch of government, one of our sworn duties is to advocate on behalf of the needs of the residents of Birmingham. Tonight, we want to conclude this meeting with tangible dialogue that results into a public policy resolution,” said President Austin. “Residents have complained of the major divide between law enforcement and the communities that they are sworn to protect and serve and the racial tension that is heightening in our nation. This meeting tonight is to bridge that gap.”

What: Black, White, and Blue: An Open Dialogue Between The Birmingham Police Department and Residents

Who: Birmingham City Council, Community Leaders, And Public Safety Officials

 When: TODAY at 6 p.m.

 Where: Downtown Ensley: (Avenue F & 19th Street)

For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721-5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.