Norfolk church talks racial tension with area police chiefs

Posted at 12:01 AM, Jan 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-20 00:01:53-05

Norfolk, Va. - A Norfolk church is taking action to stop racial tension between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Restoration Christian Fellowship hosted an open forum on the issue called “Rekindling the Dream.”
Close to 100 people came out to the event and were given a chance to submit a question to a panel of city government officials, church leaders, educators and two area police chiefs.

The common solution from the panel was getting to know one another.

“It’s important that we remove this identity crisis where we are only seen as a uniform. And we don’t see people as who they are in their community,” explained Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith.

To keep the conversation going in the future, the Restoration Christian Fellowship is planning on launching a leadership group to keep strong relationships between community members and elected officials.