Raleigh officials and residents meet for ‘community conversation’

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — On Monday night, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane held the first of two community conversations scheduled for this week.

Monday’s meeting at the Marble Kids Museum focused on building relationships between city leaders, law enforcement and community members.

“This is an opportunity for us to define what Raleigh is going to be,” McFarlane said.

City and police officials gathered with the community for an open dialogue discussion about community relations and race.

Monday’s meeting is the first of two this week as part of Raleigh’s “Community Conversation” series. Attendees were placed in groups with local leaders and police officers to discuss race and policing conflicts.

“The city is ready to engage and have a conversation about race relations and community policing and trying to bridge the gap. I take it as a positive that at least they are ready to sit at the table and listen to what the community has to say,” said Wanda Hunter, a Raleigh resident.

Groups wrote down various issues in an hour-long open discussion talking about various issues of feelings, personal stories and brought ideas about how to move the community forward.

“I heard some things from other people that I hadn’t thought of. The experiences that people had and that was one of the reasons why I came,” said Craig Brookins of Raleigh.

“Being able to talk to different police officers, people from different backgrounds and having an open dialogue I think really brought a lot to the table,” said Carly Jones.

“Now what we do with that from here on is what the question is,” Jones added.

The next meeting will be Wednesday from 6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m. at Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults at 1901 Spring Forest Road.

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