LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — “This is our opportunity to reach the community.” LRPD Chief Keith Humphrey talking about the chance for officers and the Little Rock community to talk. A Unity Walk with Arkansans and law enforcement happened tonight outside of the Arkansas State Capitol.
“What were doing is showing unity within the community and addressing the issues that we face and providing solutions,” said Drekkia Wrights the Community Leader with the Movement.
Locking arms, and walking in solidarity with hopes of change.
Local activist group, The Movement, bringing more than 200 Arkansans together with local law enforcement.
“I think it’s important for the community to see that I’m willing to listen and that we have no problem with making the changes that they request,” said LRPD Chief Humphrey.
Wednesday people had more discussions about where Arkansas goes from here, then they walked side by side for officers and deputies.
They also had a table to get folks registered to vote.
This is the third memorial walk that The Movement has done and Wrights says consistency is key.
“It’s very important to keep having these events because a lot of times what happens is something will trend and once it dies down people forget about it,” said Wrights.
There were also special speakers, performances, and discussions moving forward following protests in Arkansas.
One of the biggest focuses… “We have to build strong relationships in the community and this is part of it,” says Pulaski County Sheriff Eric Higgins.
Wrights says this is just the start of creating solutions.
“The relationship is strained because of what we see in media all the time so it’s important for us to come together and show that we’re all on the same team and start to build a solid relationship,” said Wrights.
Wrights says their biggest goal is to provide real solutions moving forward. They collected everyone’s contact info to be able to stay in touch and still have these conversations as protests die down.