Nashville Police Meet With Community Leaders to Discuss Race Relations -- Eric Alvarez
Updated: Thursday, August 21 2014, 10:49 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Voices are stronger than violence, was the message that came out of a town hall meeting between Metro police and hundreds of Nashville families.
Mt. Zion Baptist church hosted the Nashville Unites town hall Thursday.
Families asked police chief Steve Anderson about diversity, outreach efforts and of course how to prevent a tragedy like the one in Ferguson Missouri.
Moderators also called on families to do their part to make the city a safer place.
Bishop Joseph Walker says it was the first town hall of its kind and he hopes Nashville will an example for the rest of the country.
“Nashville unites will start and you look up and there will be Boston Unites you look up and there will be Pennsylvania Unites that's the goal,” Walker said. “I think if any city can get it right Nashville can.”
The event also marked the launch of a larger on-going Nashville Unites initiative.
Walker says the program will find and groom young leaders and continue to strengthen ties between law enforcement and the community.