In wake of deadly shooting, Durham police meet with community

Photo from Durham Police.
Photo from Durham Police.

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Less than a week after Durham Police say they shot and killed a man during a scuffle, police officials met with the community where the man lived.

For more than two hours behind closed doors, Durham police, community leaders, the housing authority and members of the community talked about building better relations in the McDougald Terrace community.

The meeting was closed to the media.

Some community members said they need more help from police.

“We hear gunshots during the day and night; might get shot. Kids can’t go outside and play. Day or night it’s just bad, you’re scared to do anything,” said Cynthia Hawley

Hawley lives in McDougald Terrace says she is happy to see Durham Police showing more of a presence in her community.

And Durham Police Chief Cerelyn Davis says this is how they plan to build stronger relations.

“I wouldn’t say mistrust. I would say it’s a matter of us breaking those barriers and opening communication,” Chief Davis said.

However, several members of the McDougald Terrace community say the mistrust they have with Durham Police is one of the biggest problems.

“I wanted to see who my leaders were and what they were going to do about the situation and I’m very disappointed,” said McDougald Terrace resident David Harris.

“You’re bringing outside officers to do an inside community officer job,” added McDougald Terrace resident Mel Claiborne.

Ashley Canady is the president of the McDougald Terrace Resident Council.

She says after Monday’s meeting she feels her community is still “lost,” but it was a step in the right direction.

“I see change, it’s not something that’s going to happen overnight, it’s really not going to happen overnight, but I see change in the future,” she said.

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