Mayor: ‘It’s time to come together’

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

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With the national news media dominated by reports of police brutality and the shooting deaths of African-Americans, the tragic shootings of Dallas police officers, and impassioned protests springing up across the nation, Madison Mayor Fred Perriman is hoping to promote peace, cooperation and education between local law enforcement and citizens.

The Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM) is facilitating a law enforcement seminar this Saturday, July 16 at the Madison Meeting Hall to educate the public on law enforcement, community safety and self-awareness. Perriman hopes the youth of Morgan County will attend to the event and heed the advice given on staying safe when encountering law enforcement officers.

“With all that’s going on across the nation right now and all that’s happening, it would be a great time for our community to come together,” said Perriman. “Our hearts go out to all the families who have been caught up in these troubling events and we want Madison and Morgan County to remain a safe place where law enforcement and citizens work together.”

The lecture will feature Chief Deputy Moses Little of Conyers, as well as local law enforcement agents from the City of Madison and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department. According to MCAAM, “his lecture will be beneficial to all citizens young and old. We encourage the youth, all youth groups and anyone else that is concern about community and personal safety to attend. All youths must be accompanied by an adult.”

Perriman believes both the local police forces and citizenry benefit from the kind of dialogue that will take place this Saturday.

“We are fortunate to have law enforcement with good training in how to interact with the public. We want to make sure our people, especially our youth, do everything we can to make their jobs easier and to keep themselves safe. It’s not a black thing or a white, but an American thing. We are all in this together,” said Perriman. “We want to make sure everyone does their part. So far, we have not been affected by the kinds of violence happening across the nation, and we hope with events like this, we never will.”

The Law Enforcement lecture will take place this Saturday, July 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the Madison City Meeting Hall, located at 160 North Main Street, Suite 400.

“We hope to see a lot of people come out to this,” said Perriman.

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