City and social leaders in Hartford gathered on Tuesday evening, in the wake of the recent violence involving law enforcement.
The Faith Congregation Church hosted a conversation about community policing on Tuesday evening, bringing together Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Police Chief James Rovella, and leaders from Mothers United Against Violence, the NAACP, and ACLU members.
“It's always good because you don't know everything and you might learn something from hearing from somebody else, from a different organization or a different group,” said Dorian Alan Gainey, of Hartford.
Gainey said he was looking to attend the meeting on Tuesday, and hopes the conversation can lead to meaningful change and a safer world for his grandson, Moday.
“He's got a long way to go and I like to see him be able to go to the parks and walk up and down the street and things like that,” Gainey said.
"This world cannot continue to devolve into this kind of behavior--violence is not the answer on any side," said Joelle Murchison, of East Hartford.
Llonia Gordon, of West Hartford, said her 12-year-old son Yannick said the shootings have been depressing and confusing.
"It's really hard to make sense of all of the things that have been happening. It's like people are picking a side rather than focusing on unifying," Yannick Gordon said.
There were no real solutions at the meeting, but many said it was a start.
"I think it's important that we hear all voices and we really understand what we are all saying," Llonia Gordon said.
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