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York City church plans police-community forum
A church in York City's west end has planned a community forum this week, with the goal of fostering discussion between the city, its police department and its citizens.
Shiloh Baptist Church, at 740 W. Locust St., will host the forum, which will include a panel discussion, at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Valerie Landram, a member of the church who will be working on social-justice issues going forward, said the discussion will center around the strife between police departments and communities of color.
"It’s for the community to come together and talk about race relations," she said.
And not just in the York area — she said she hopes there can be a productive discussion about the subject, especially in light of the recent controversial police killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota and the two shootings by black men of police officers, killing eight total, in Dallas and Louisiana.
Landram said people can come with questions, comments or whatever they want to voice, but the goal is to encourage civil discussion.
"It’s not anything that’s supposed to be confrontational," she said.
Landram said that York City Mayor Kim Bracey has confirmed she will be there. Landram said the church also has reached out to York City Police and other local officials but has not heard back yet.
The church hopes police do come to the event, Landram said, so the other attendees see "that people can have a civil dialogue with police."
Pastor Larry T. Walthour II, who moved to the York area in the past year, is putting the event together, Landram said.
The forum will be live-streamed on the Salem Square-area church's website, sbcyork.org.