Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Police and Community Leaders to Discuss Ferguson, Mo. at Town Hall Thursday (UPDATED)

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Mt. Zion Baptist Church will host a public town hall meeting Thursday night with police and local political leaders and launch a new initiative to "foster dialogue between police and citizens" in light of recent events in Ferguson, Mo., where the killing of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer has led to protests and a harsh crackdown by police.

Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson and commanders from all eight precincts will participate, along with state Rep. Harold Love, Jr. and 2015 mayoral candidates David Fox, Jeremy Kane and Megan Barry. Full details below, from the release:

WHAT: Bishop Joseph Walker, senior pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, the largest African-American mega church in Tennessee with 28,000 members, is bringing together Nashville’s chief of police, precinct commanders, and local politicians for a town hall meeting to discuss the recent Ferguson, Mo., riots and launch Nashville Unites, an initiative with the following objectives: 1) foster dialogue between police and citizens; 2) propose a community liaison program between precincts and their communities; 3) develop youth leadership; 4) highlight Mt. Zion’s mentoring program for adult men; and 5) commit to follow-through on all initiatives so as to build trust and ensure a more peaceful city that is a national model for collaboration.

CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department
- Steve Anderson, Chief of Police

- Police Department Commanders from All Eight Precincts

Local Elected Officials and Candidates
- Tn. State Rep. Harold Love, Jr., District 58

- Councilwoman-At-Large and Mayoral Candidate Megan Barry

- Mayoral Candidates David Fox and Jeremy Kane

WHEN: Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mt. Zion Baptist Church
1112 Jefferson St.
Nashville, TN

(H/T Wesley Lowery.)

Note: We've asked Mayor Karl Dean's office if he'll be in attendance. Will update when we get a response.

Update 6:42 p.m.: Dean spokeswoman Bonna Johnson sends this statement:

"When Bishop Walker approached our office about this event, he asked if Mayor Dean or a representative could attend. Because Mayor Dean had a pre-existing conflict, we asked Chief Anderson to be our representative. Chief Anderson will have a lot to add to this town hall meeting, and we are glad he's able to be a part of it."

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