Members of the Wichita Police Department joined with members of a local Black Lives Matter chapter and held a communal cook-out on Sunday in lieu of a planned protest.
BLM had planned on holding a protest but after spending several hours in a meeting with Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay decided that breaking bread with one another could move far closer toward reconciliation than a mere protest ever could.
Local activist A.J. Bohannon said, "We can get on the same page and say those things that are in Baton Rouge don't trickle over into Wichita, Kan." He added, "My heart goes out to the families, those officers in Baton Rouge, but I think the fact that that did happen makes this event more meaningful. I definitely think this is a start for this community, and I definitely want to keep it going."
We couldn't agree more.