Tampa church to host discussion about law enforcement, race

The Beulah Baptist Institutional Church in Tampa.

TAMPA, Fla (WFLA) – On Thursday, a group of ministers from across the Tampa Bay area will gather at Beulah Baptist Institutional Church to talk about African-Americans and their interaction with police.

The conversation comes after the killings of five Dallas police officers and the recent deaths of two African-American men at the hands of police officers.

The conversation is called “Breaking Down Barriers.” Organizers said the goal is to underscore the urgency of improving the relationship that police have with the community they serve, particularly in neighborhoods with a large proportion of minority residents.

A local group of faith leaders called Pastors on Patrol is planning the event. “I’m optimistic that the time is right to perceive the extent of the differences between police and the community and discuss them in a calm environment,” said Chairman Rev. Dr. W. James Favorite.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Beulah Baptist which is located at 1006 Cyprus Avenue in Tampa.

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