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Community voices concerns on police relationships

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Continuing coverage, Wednesday KWWL spoke with a community policing expert who is helping one local city build relationships between its police department and its residents.

The expert is Detective McFadden best known for his new TV series "I Am Homicide,"a docuseries that recounts some of McFadden's nearly 600 homicide cases in 30 years as a detective in Charlotte, North Carolina. His success rate is more than 90%.

Thursday night, KWWL heard from the residents. KWWL's Jessica Hartman joining Waterloo residents voicing their concerns on police relations. 

Images of crime scene tape and mistakes by officers letting their emotions get the best of them have people on both sides of the divide struggling to make a change.

Detective McFadden, a man who has built his success on building relationships, is now along with Waterloo leaders taking time to listen.

"What I would like is a commitment to be a part of the community. To see kids at football games doing well, so when you see him at night, you don't see a hood kid with a hoodie. You see number 34 that scored a touchdown," said one woman during Thursday's open forum.

 "This is happening on a normal basis to the whole community. It is creating fear. It is creating trust issues between one another. How do you suggest we repair those when you don't trust your neighbor and you don't trust the officers that are supposed to be protecting you?" asked another woman.

It starts with people speaking openly about the problems at forums like the one held Thursday night.

"You are trying to get people acknowledge you have got to listen. You have got to try to understand the perspective and view point where we are coming from," said one man.

 But it doesn't end with this forum. This conversation is the first of what should be many to reach the people closest to the conflict.

 "How do we bring those guys that are shooting at each other in Waterloo right now; how do we get them to the table to modify their behavior or even listen to, not us, not just the police department, but collectively as a community? How can we have an influence over them to discontinue their behavior?" asks Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka.


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