FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Compression Tactical Bra - Cheata Tactical
Patented technology is designed to provide the stability of 2-3 sports bras,...

Top News

Video: Diverse Kansas Citizens Gather for Barbecue With Police

July 18, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Diverse Kansas Citizens Gather for Barbecue With Police

As much of the nation was reeling from yet another act of violence in Baton Rouge, LA, hundreds of Wichitans came out to a barbecue at McAdams Park with Wichita, KS, police officers, reports the Wichita Eagle.

Earlier in the week, protesters had planned to march on Sunday, but after organizers met with Police Chief Gordon Ramsay for hours, according to the protesters, they agreed to break bread together instead.

The idea was to open up lines of communication and build trust, from the perspective of the police, and for the protesters. While the march last week was largely young and black, the crowd at the barbecue drew whites, blacks, and Hispanics in larger numbers and included more older people and children.

At one table, three men - a black man, a Hispanic man and a white man - sat down with burgers next to Lt. Travis Rakestraw to share their ideas.

These smaller conversations, between community members and police, turned into a public forum at around 7 p.m. when hundreds gathered around a microphone to ask questions of Police Chief Gordon Ramsay.

Ramsay told the questioners that he wanted to hear more about their situations later. Many praised Ramsay for holding the event, and several audience members said that in all the years in Wichita, they couldn’t remember a police chief coming out in the community like this.


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Man Suspected of Shooting Six People in MD, DE in Custody
A man suspected in a workplace shooting in Harford County, MD, that killed three people...
Hundreds of FL Officers Prepare to Keep Peace During White Nationalist Speech
Beginning Wednesday, a large number of police officers will be on the Gainesville campus....
Fugitive Surrenders to MI Police Over Facebook Bet
A fugitive who taunted Redford, MI, police on Facebook surrendered Monday night and even...
Man Wanted for Maryland and Delaware Shootings Subject of Multi-State Manhunt
A multi-state manhunt was underway Wednesday for a man suspected in a workplace shooting...
Video: GA Deputy Shot Man After Announcing He was Deploying "Taser"
Body cam video released Tuesday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation shows the moment...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
Police Magazine