Local leaders hold panel discussion on violence against black males
BATON ROUGE - In the wake of national events such as the shooting in Ferguson, locals came together to have a conversation about violence in the black community, specifically against young black males.
Councilwomen Ronnie Edwards, Donna Collins-Lewis, Representative Regina Barrow and Senator Sharon Weston Broome hosted the event.
According to community leaders, they wanted to hold the discussion to help figure out a solution to what they say are senseless killings.
According to the East Baton Rouge Coroner's office, 34 black males between the ages of 18 and 25 have been murdered since January.
Some community members say they believe the police can help by partnering with the community in trying to the fix the problem.
"I think there's training that can lend itself very positively towards sensitizing law enforcement officials in terms of some of the dynamics that the young people are dealing with when they approach them. We can't go about profiling people and making assumptions. We've got to start dealing with people heart to heart," said Councilwoman Ronnie Edwards.