Albany residents discuss racial divide

July 15, 2016 06:00 AM

ALBANY -- Residents in Albany discussed the racial divide Thursday night.

Albany's chief of police, Brendan Cox, and Mayor Kathy Sheehan took part in the conversation at Mount Calvary Baptist Church.

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They talked about how the deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota are part of a larger problem between police and communities of color.

“I can't take another person of color becoming a hashtag on social media and then forgotten,” said Pastor Charles Daniel. “With that being said I lean on what I know best, my faith. But at this point I think we crossed the line.”

“What I heard was that we all need to do a better job of understanding each other, of making sure that we hold each other accountable and that we make things safer for all of us," Cox said.

The event was organized by the president of Albany's common council, Carolyn McLaughlin.  


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