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Column: Keeping the conversation going about race, policing

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Join us for 2nd ‘Let’s Talk About It’ forum

Almost six months ago, the “Let’s Talk About It” community forum was held at Lancaster High School to engage in a discussion related to violence, law enforcement and race.
With almost 200 in attendance, the forum brought together people from different races, ages, socioeconomic groups and geographies.  With support from Sheriff Barry Faile and then-Police Chief Harleen Carter, the audience began the process of discussing ways to prevent violence and other problems from occurring in our community.  
Since that time, a new president has been elected and our country embarks on charting a course for the future. Now more than ever, we need to continue the conversation in a polite, respectful manner.
A second forum has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, April 3, in the old Barr Street Auditorium. Participants will include Sheriff Faile and Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant. Attorney Mitch Norrell will help guide the discussion.
The focus will include a review of community crime data and strategies for ensuring community safety. The data will reveal who commits crime, where and when, and will highlight the important obligation to report all crimes and maintain a positive working relationship with local law enforcement. Our children and our future depend on it.  
Please come join us for Part II of “Let’s Talk About It.”  All opinions and ideas are welcome.

Charlene McGriff represents District 2 on the Lancaster County Council.