Fort Wayne Police and local NAACP react to the unrest in Minneapolis

Fort Wayne Police and the local chapter of the NAACP talk about working toward preventing incidents of brutality from happening in the Summit City.

Posted: May 30, 2020 4:14 AM
Updated: May 30, 2020 9:24 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne Police Captain Mitchell McKinney said what's happening in Minneapolis is not the case here in Fort Wayne.

As the community relations director, he works directly with recruits to make sure it doesn't.

"We feel for Mr. Floyd and feel for Floyd's family as well. Any death that comes across is painful for us as well. What's painful is to see what's happening there to people in Minneapolis. We want to make sure that doesn't happen in any community. Especially our own."

One of the things McKinney said is beneficial is teaching the recruits to look at things as a community member first.

"One example. We had a gentleman that was in a traffic stop. He felt he was wronged. He didn't know why so many officers were around him. He had a younger person in his car. He felt it traumatized him. Instead of making a big deal out of it, he called the sergeant," McKinney explained.

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Then the sergeant called McKinney.

McKinney said all three of them sat down and had a conversation over coffee which he said is unheard of.

McKinney said having that connection with the community is important to be able to do things like that.

Fort Wayne NAACP President Shelia Curry Campbell said conversations about what's going on are needed as well as protests.

"We want everyone to be able to vocalize and say whatever it is that they feel. We want people to understand we're trying to wrap around one common issue right now and that's brutality that happened to one of our brothers that's not too far from here,” Campbell said.

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