Dozens of residents attended Thursday’s police and community forum.

Residents asked officers questions about their personal experiences, but others just wanted to thank those who keep them safe.

Local NAACP President Jerry Carter said that it’s important for residents and law enforcement to have an open conversation.

“Here in Tuscaloosa, we have law enforcement and elected officials who are willing to be proactive, come to the table, sit down and talk to the public,” he said. “Where in a lot of places, you have to beg and plead with people to do it after some tragic event.”

Stepfon Lewis, a Tuscaloosa resident, said that he thinks local law enforcement does a good job, and that the force’s diversity is what sets it apart.

Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson said if residents have issues with law enforcement officials, they can contact the police department’s headquarters to express their concerns.


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