“There’s no versus them in this,” Deputy Chief Kevin Johnson said at a recent community forum. “We need your ideas, and we need your help. Whatever we can do to solve our problems, that’s what we need to do. We can’t point fingers anymore, we need to put on paper what we can do to make our community safer.”
State Rep. Camille Lilly and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx are hosting the Aug. 5 event from 10 a.m. to noon at the Austin Public Library, 5615 West Race. They will lead a discussion on gun violence and policing.
A representative from the U.S. Justice Department wants to meet with local residents Oct. 5 in the offices of the Westside NAACP, 5820 W. Chicago Ave., to gather information about their experiences with policing.
n his first state of the ward address, the alderman said cooperation between residents, community groups, police officers and elected officers is critical to addressing the problems facing the West Side.