Latest: 10:30 pm, 9/29/16, Thursday
CHAMPAIGN –Thursday was the kickoff of the regional neighborhood network conference, but it was also the continuation of a very important discussion in the community.
Update: 3:30 pm, 9/29/16, Thursday
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY — Race relations between police departments and communities can be a heated topic.
Wednesday night, a conversation was started about how it’s impacting our community. An officer going through the race and policing class at UI shared what he learned.
Jesse Marsh has since graduated from the academy. Now, he’s continuing his training in the field. He says the information he learned had a huge impact on how he’ll approach policing in different communities.
The sooner officers can get this type of training, the better. He says avoiding conversations about race relations is what’s causing problems.
If both officers and communities establish a way to openly talk about it, solutions to racial tensions may follow.
Original: 4:00 pm, 9/27/16, Tuesday
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY — Race and policing are hot button issues on the minds of many.
Wednesday, we’ll take a look at a class inside the Police Training Institute as officers tackle personal biases and how they affect decision-making.
There’s also a panel discussion with area leaders, law enforcement, the Champaign County State’s Attorney, professors and doctoral students from UI. You can get involved.
Thursday, at 7:30 pm, at the Hilton Garden Inn, there’s a panel discussion where there will be more details about the training officers receive. Also, hear from the sister of Sandra Bland, the Chicago-native who died while in police custody in Texas.