First Steps: Police Break Bread With Black Lives Matter

wichita police deptInstead of just rants, hashtags and going back and forth on social media, one community in Kansas decided to try to come together to actually do something about the racial divide happening all over the nation.

Sunday night the police hosted an event in Wichita’s McAdams Park that drew a crowd of nearly 1,000 people. The name of the gathering was the ‘First Steps Cookout.’

The event was held to bring the police department closer to the communities that they serve.

A large crowd gathered in McAdams Park enjoyed free food and the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with law enforcement. To start the conversation, break down the walls and start the healing–on both sides of the law.

“Very good vibe. Very good vibe. It’s everything I was hoping for,” says Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay. Ramsey suggested the event to Black Lives Matter protesters after a recent protest.

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