The Monroe County Young Democrats held a “Police-Community Relations Panel,” to disseminate, develop and improve strategies to build ties between police officers and the broader community, officials from the organization stated.
“We felt a need to broaden the conversation about improving relationships between police officers, and the people of the city,” Young Democrats president Iman Abid stated. “City government, the police department, and community organizations have all been working hard on this goal, but we believed our organization could be helpful in bringing new voices into this critical discussion.”
Panelists for the discussion included:
- Deputy Chief Wayne Harris of the Rochester Police Department;
- President Mike Mazzeo of the Rochester Police Locust Club;
- Rev. Lewis Stewart of the United Christian Leadership Ministry;
- Student Representative Unique Fair-Smith of the Rochester City School Board;
- Community Leader Joe Brown, former Rochester NAACP head; police officer; and community liaison for former state Senator Ted O’Brien.
In addition, Democrat and Chronicle senior engagement editor Julie Philipp moderated the discussion.