Race relations conversations continued in the community

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DENVER -- What brought a lot people here were strong opinions on race policing and justice.

Many feel a sense of injustice when it comes to police and the court system.

At top of mind for some was the shooting death Monday of 16-year-old Jessica Hernandez by a Denver Policeman.

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Inside the sanctuary of a church, some share what they feel is chaos on the streets.

“There is an entire, united community that is going to hold you accountable,” said one attendee.

They blame police for being too quick to harrass and arrest the minority community. Also sometimes to pull the trigger, like what happened to teenager Jessie Hernandez Monday.

“I don`t want you or anyone that we shoot more people than not shoot because that totally inaccurate,” said speaker.

The chief says officers treat everyone with the same respect regardless of race, sex, or religious affiliation.

“The tension we are seeing in the streets, I think are some of those protest rise to the level people need to come to the table,” said another speaker.

The event’s organizer says together the community can come up solutions to heal the divide.

“How can we work to have relationship, where I am not intimidated by them and they are not intimidated by me?” said young speaker.

Even legislators say they`ll present solutions to perceived policing problems.

Lawmakers will propose bills to require police body cameras...and special prosecutors to investigate police...and more funding for community policing.

One suggestion was bringing more police into the community and schools--to get to know the people they police.

And chief white says as they hire more officers they will do better at engaging with the community.

These community meetings will continue indefinitely.

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