Racial tension and violence - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Racial tension and violence

Cedar Rapids (KWWL) - Racial tension is high in Cedar Rapids where a community forum on racial divides and crime has just ended.

The meeting is in response to the recent beating of officer Tim Davis, which many called the final straw.

It's not too late to pull folks together. Those are the words spoken by Civil Rights Commission executive director Karl Cassell inside a church Tuesday night. And it's why hundreds made their way to try and put a stop to violence and rising tension in and around the Wellington Heights neighborhood.

A packed Saint Paul's United Methodist Church. A sign that a neighborhood and community is looking for a solution to a problem before it gets worse.

A seven member panel that included city and civil rights leaders as well as representatives from the neighborhood offered their ideas while also taking questions from the audience.

Many talked about the importance of the community coming together. And Police Chief Greg Graham stressed the importance of the police building a better relationship with people in the neighborhood.

Online Producer: Maria Magner

Powered by Frankly