Arizona Informant, July 19, 2016 – The controversial deaths of Black men in St. Paul and Baton Rouge, and the murders of police officers in Dallas and most recently in Baton Rouge, have concerned citizens seeking to develop solutions that will make a difference and prevent similar incidents in the future. More than 300 community members, religious leaders, law enforcement and elected officials came together July 12, at Impacted for Purpose Church in east Mesa to work together. Coming together under the theme, “Unarmed: Valley Voices on Deadly Force,” the forum followed several Valley rallies, protests concerning, not only the previous week’s tragedies, but also a systemic problem between the justice system in this country and the Black community. It’s a problem that has existed for decades, but has hit every in the eye because of new technology, camera phones and social media.
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