Flossmoor to host community forum on policing and citizen relations
FLOSSMOOR, IL – Residents’ requests for Flossmoor officials to take a closer look at police-citizen relations following a fatal police-involved shooting in July have been answered with plans for a community forum . The Village of Flossmoor has announced that the community is invited to participate in an upcoming forum to discuss how to improve community relations and strengthen bonds between residents and police.
The forum is in response to continued requests from residents that officials address police-citizen relations following the death of Madeline Miller, shot and killed by police on July 10. Residents and activists attended several village board meetings urging officials to address public concerns about Miller’s shooting, police conduct and the relationship between officers and the public.
Village officials, including Mayor Nelson, the Flossmoor Board, Flossmoor Police and other local leaders will all take part in the town hall, which will be moderated by independent community relations experts. , inclusion and equity, the village said in a statement.
The forum is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, from 2-5 p.m. in Room 101 of the North Building at Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School.
“We have been looking for the right way to facilitate healing in a way that gives people an opportunity to be heard while embarking on a joint effort to improve relations between our residents and police officers,” the mayor said. of Flossmoor, Michelle Nelson.
The forum will be moderated by Carla Madeline Kupe, a well-respected lawyer and diversity, equity and inclusion consultant, the Village said. The forum co-host will be former president of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and current Hazel Crest Police Chief Mitchell Davis.
Village officials have worked closely with Kupe and Chief Davis to develop a program that gives everyone in attendance the opportunity to voice their concerns, ask questions and reflect on the ways in which the police and the community can work more closely together, especially in times of crisis. .
“When it comes to strengthening the bonds between the police and the community we serve, the job is never really done. On the contrary, the dialogue must be frequent, continuous, respectful and candid, ”said Flossmoor Police Chief Tod Kamleiter.
“We hope the community forum represents a step in that direction and exemplifies our commitment to listening to our residents, our police officers and all those who have a stake in a vibrant and safe community,” added Flossmoor Mayor Michelle Nelson.