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Billings group talks about handling racial issues

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Posted at 3:22 PM, Jun 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 00:32:41-04

A group in Billings heard from a police chief in New Orleans about handling racial issues across the country.

The group is part of "Walk With Me From Racial Injustice and Prejudice to Unity."

Seven members of the group met with Chief Kenneth Scott on Zoom at the First Congregatonal Church on Thursday.

Scott is the chief of public safety at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and has served as chief for several agencies.

He said it's important for citizens to have a good relationship and understanding of law enforcement.

The group in Billings has met for the last two weeks and is made up of state, city and law enforcement leaders.

"They are to put together our results from the previous two sessions, which is identifying the issues they believe are present within Billings and the state Montana, especially Billings the city itself, that's what they're focusing on," said Jeffery Johnson, True North Strategic Consultants principal and facilitator for Walk With Me. "And they are going to make some concrete suggestions and strategic plans to address each one of those concerns. And to affect a change. They want to say here, this is what we think we can do and this is a possible path forward."

"Walk with Me" will meet next on July 9.