In light of the tragic events of the past month, the African-American, Islamic communities, and the DuPage County Chiefs of Police Association joined together to remember the lives of the civilians and Dallas police offers who were recently killed.
“Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Sargeant Michael Smith, Officer Michael Kroll, Officer Patrick Zamarripa, and Officer Bret Thompson,” said Lisle’s Chief of Police, David Anderson.
The DuPage Unity in Diversity Memorial was a way to understand each other and build a stronger and safer community between minority groups and local law enforcement.
“The public has a right to know and should know that their law enforcement officers are following the law and protecting us and keeping us safe, I continue to believe that DuPage County is the gold standard when it comes to law enforcement and the criminal justice system,” said States Attorney Robert Berlin.
Together, community members and officials held a moment of silence, prayed and shared their thoughts on the battles we face today.
“This is our chance to be brutally honest, and I do mean brutally honest, with ourselves to fix what’s broken, to write what’s wrong and begin to lay a foundation upon which our grandchildren can build, because as long as this society exists, there will always be conflict, always, but it does not have to be a war,” said Speaker Morris Brent.
As guest speaker, Chief Anderson stressed that in order for change to happen a bridge of trust needs to be built.
“We need to get to the point where we know each other, it doesn’t matter what clothes we’re wearing, it doesn’t matter what uniform I have on, it doesn’t matter what tools I have with me to keep you safe, we know each other, we trust that we’re here for the same reasons to keep each other safe in these communities,” said Chief Anderson.
And as a way to build that bridge, the community thanked local law enforcement and both parties took the time to get to know one another.
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