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Heated forum on violence, race, police in west Lansing

Posted at 10:03 AM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 10:03:34-05

Heated discussions filled the air Thursday night inside Letts Community Center in western Lansing.

People who live on the city's west side talked with police about violence in their neighborhoods and what can be done to prevent it. They opened up a dialogue about race, law enforcement and citizenship, to start the process of finding a solution.

"I want people to have more conversations, and with conversations comes understanding," a concerned speaker said. "We don't have to necessarily agree with it; Were going to have to figure out how to find our common barometer -- and then how to use these conversations to move forward."

The city's crime map shows at least three burglaries and one assault in the area over the past four weeks.