NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The tragic deaths of police in Baton Rouge and Dallas coupled with controversial shootings of unarmed suspects across the country to put police-community relations in the spotlight.
NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison is inviting the community to participate in a public forum Thursday evening to address those issues.
The forum will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church at 2515 Franklin Avenue.
A news release from the NOPD describes the forum's purpose as "an honest discussion about how police officers interact with members of the New Orleans community."
A panel will consist of police officers, community leaders and activists who will engage one another and address questions from audience members.
"This forum is very important because we are inviting citizens to engage in conversations with police to discuss all the important topics that are facing America today," said Superintendent Harrison.
Harrison expects the discussion will include what citizens should do when they're stopped by police, what you should expect from police officers and the difficult questions related to use of force by officers.
Harrison says the NOPD is leading the nation in this type of community engagement.