Stillman College hosts National Night Out Tuesday
By WVUA23 News Reporter Karnera Gafford
TUSCALOOSA – It was a night filled with fun and purpose, as the Tuscaloosa community gathered at Stillman College for National Night Out with local firefighters and police officers.
“We’re all together,” said Stillman Chief of Police Carla Longmire. “We are here to serve you. We take this job because we are concerned about the safety and well-being of the community. And so we get an opportunity to communicate that to them one-on-one and answer any questions they may have.”
Some students said they believe hosting the event is a step in the right direction.
“Seeing them in this very negative light because of everything that has been happening and just like them seeing that, oh, there is a different side of them, there is a human side to them,” said Stillman student Detravean Williams. “We have these booths out here and everything so they can learn about different things like when to call when certain things happen. So I do think it is going to bridge a gap.”
Others said law enforcement has a long road toward a better community relationship.
“I do not think it’s going to bridge the gap because they are really just doing their job,” said Stillman Street Teams Vice President Melvin Matthew. “But it might be good for us to communicate in the same place.”
Community leaders will continue efforts to push for change and better the community as a whole.