Earlier this year, FBI Director Comey gave a speech at Georgetown University entitled “Hard Truths: Law Enforcement and Race.”
The FBI said they decided to host the forum in Richmond, because they believe it is important to have, “law enforcement executives sit down with members of the community for a respectful, but frank, dialogue on the challenges facing each.”
More than 60 people filled Freedom Hall at the Virginia War Mar Memorial on Monday to participate in the discussion.
Police chiefs from all jurisdictions were also in attendance. They held a panel, answering questions from the community and speaking about the need for communication and understanding between law enforcement and the community.
During the panel discussion, Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham expressed, “We do have problem in Richmond, but not everybody in Gilpin Court is on a stolen bicycle, we have got to communicate.”
FBI agents and local law enforcement said they hope the forum will be the beginning of an on-going imperative discussion that will bring about understanding, change and a positive working relationship between law enforcement and the community.