POLICE WITH YOUTH—Pittsburgh police not only stopped traffic, but they also walked with youth during the march. (Photos by J. L. Martello)

POLICE WITH YOUTH—Pittsburgh police not only stopped traffic, but they also walked with youth during a recent March for Peace. (Photos by J. L. Martello)

Beginning next month, the Church of the Redeemer in Squirrel Hill will host a series of what it is calling Great Issues Forums under the heading Race In Pittsburgh. The first, scheduled for Oct. 4 will consist of a panel discussion on relationships between the city’s Black communities and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

The discussion will be led by University of Pittsburgh Law Professor David Harris and will include on the panel Brandi Fisher, president of the Alliance for Police Accountability; Richard Garland, assistant professor at Pitt’s School of Public Health; and Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay.

During the recent release of the police bureau’s annual report, McLay said he is especially proud of the way his officers are spontaneously working to build relationships with residents in the neighborhoods where they serve.

In one instance, officers driving by the East Liberty Gardens housing complex noticed kids pushing each other in a shopping cart because it was all they had to play with. So they went shopping at Target and returned with trunks full of soccer and kick balls for the kids.

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