‘I learned I couldn’t trust the police’: Lincolnites share what they hope to see in LPD

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Thursday night, Lincoln citizens gathered at the Malone Center to share what changes they hope to see in our police department.

About 40 people where gather for the event from 6 to 8 o’clock; several taking the mic to share their experiences with Lincoln police.

“When I was in high school, I got pulled over three times in two weeks, within four blocks of my school,” shared one resident. “When I asked the officer why I was pulled over, he said it was because I looked suspicious… Driving a car that had three United States Navy stickers on the back window, I was wearing my United States Navy hat, and I was wearing my Northeast High School letterman jacket… and he pulled me over because I looked suspicious”.

Many cited childhood encounters that impacted their long-term perception of law enforcement’s relationship to the African American community.

“I learned I couldn’t trust the police, and I should be afraid of the police”.

Questions were also submitted, which officials will review and address at a later date.

Any announcement regarding LPD policy reforms is expected to be a made Tuesday, June 30th.

 

We will be posting updates to this story as new details are released. 

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