Lynn is trying to bridge the divide between the community and the police through conversation. The Essex County Community Organization (ECCO) held a community vigil and training at Bethel AME Church on July 12. Religious leaders, residents, police officers and children came together to discuss what needs to be done to end bias-related violence. “We work together and build trust together,” said Alexandra Pineros Shields, director. “As we have met more with police, we have learned about the challenges police face. We’ve learned how the community feels about issues of racial injustice. The dialogue has helped a lot.” Members from three Episcopal churches, St. Stephen's in Lynn, St. Andrew's in Marblehead and Christ Church in South Hamilton, participated.
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Updated: Read more about the bias training with Lynn police in a follow-up story here.