The first of what is expected to be many community conversations about policing in the Alamo City is in the books.
“What happened tonight was hearts and minds coming together to defuse the fear that we are experiencing across the nation–and has crept in to San Antonio” one woman told KTSA News following Wednesday Night’s meeting of a panel created specifically for that purpose by Mayor Ivy Taylor.
“We had what I think was a great meeting” Taylor told KTSA News afterward, adding “I really felt it really was important for us to try to be proactive–not just wait for something to happen and then have a contentious community meeting.”
Considering the current tensions in a number of communities around the country, those taking part said it was the start of a conversation about bettering the relationship between the community here and it’s police officers.
“If nothing else happens, we will at least have a great understanding of the other person’s point of view–and hopefully that brings us closer together” SAPD Chief William McManus said.