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Police vs. community - trying to bring both together in Elkhart

By WSBT-TV Report
Published On: Jul 18 2014 08:36:01 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 18 2014 10:27:58 PM CDT

In an attempt to ease the tensions between police and the community, a special meeting was held Friday night.

ELKHART -

Tensions are still high between some people in Elkhart and police after an incident earlier this month.

City officials say an Elkhart police officer patrolling the area was beaten by a man on Garfield Avenue.

After complaints from people who live on Garfield, community members held a meeting Friday night to work on improving the relationship between police and the community.

Tiffany Gaylord lives in the area and thinks it's a step in the right direction, but community is key.

"We have to learn how to communicate with each other, and that's both ways," said Gaylord. "We don't want to be cursed at and put down no more than they do. We don't deserve it, and neither do they."

Earlier this week, around 150 people went to a town hall meeting held by the city to ask the community for ways to reduce the violence in the southern part of Elkhart.