On Saturday, the City of Pittsburg and its City Council will host a virtual roundtable on topics that include race, discrimination, injustice, and police-community relations.
The meeting comes in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and ensuing protests. The discussion will include all five of the Pittsburg city councilmembers and Police Chief Brian Addington.
Mayor Jelani Killings said he was seeking a better understanding of the issues from the community.
“This is a great opportunity for an open discussion so that we can all gain a better understanding of the issues we must address as a community. My hope is that we can all listen, learn, and work together for the safety and prosperity of all Pittsburg residents,” said Killings.
City Councilmember Shanelle Scales-Preston said these discussions will not be easy, but are needed.
“I am eager and look forward to listening to our community and working with my colleagues on the City Council and our PD at this important event. These discussions are not easy to undertake. I am no expert nor do I pretend to have all the answers, however, having these difficult conversations can lead to the kind of real healing in our communities that is needed for making change and taking actions that result in more equitable outcomes for our community,” said Scales-Preston.
Chief Addington called it an opportunity to listen to the community.
“For me it an opportunity to listen to our community’s concerns, and see how we can do a better job addressing the concerns,” said chief Addington.
The virtual public discussion is planned for Saturday, June 20, 2020 and will be held via zoom from 10 a.m. to noon.
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