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Hartford looks to better relationship between police, community

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Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and police Chief James Rovella discuss race relations with Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday. (WFSB) Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and police Chief James Rovella discuss race relations with Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The City of Hartford is looking to better its relationship between police and the community.

A conversation took place Wednesday morning between Mayor Luke Bronin, Hartford police Chief James Rovella and Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

The hope is that the three can bring a message to residents.

Though discussing race relations isn't easy and can be uncomfortable to talk about, they said it's a conversation that must happen given the recent violence against both blacks and police officers nationwide.

Tensions have been running high following violence in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas.

Though hundreds of miles from Connecticut, Bronin, Rovella and Blumenthal hope to ease any anxiety within the local community.

Wednesday, they said they'll come together to look at community policing as well as ways to increase trust between officers and minorities. They said they'll also look into any federal resources available to encourage collaboration.

Afterward, the three of them said they'll visit a couple of barbershops to hear from business owners and residents.

Tuesday night, Bronin and Rovella met the community to hear their concerns. Some mothers who spoke with Eyewitness News said they know there is no quick fix. However, they want to do something to help.

"It wasn't just enough to sit at home and complain and to talk about it," said Joelle Murchison of East Hartford. "We are a part of this community."

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