After a local Black Lives Matter activist told the chief of the Wichita, Kansas, police force he was planning a protest on Sunday, Chief Gordon Ramsay proposed a counter offer.
The event — the First Steps Community Cookout — was intended as a way for the two groups to bridge the divide between them.
Ramsay told KMUW that he hopes other police departments will hold similar events.
"It takes two parties to make a healthy relationship," the chief said.
Black Lives Matter activist A.J. Bohannon told Wichita’s NPR-affiliated radio station KMUW he was happy the community could come together.
"We can get on the same page and say those things that are in Baton Rouge don't trickle over into Wichita, Kansas,” Bohannan said. “My heart goes out to the families, those officers in Baton Rouge, but I think the fact that that did happen makes this event more meaningful. I definitely think this is a start for this community, and I definitely want to keep it going.”
Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell tweeted that the event gained a great deal of attention on social media, even beating out the Taylor-Kanye-Kim feud.
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