A conversation on race and criminal justice was held at the Sheraton Bayfront Hotel on Tuesday morning.
It’s a collaboration of community leaders, politicians and law enforcement.
The meeting was organized by the Eagles Nest Leadership Corporation and the law firm Knox, McLaughlin, Gornall and Sennett. The meeting was titled Race and Criminal Justice: The Pipeline from Cradle to Prison. A serious, and sometimes hard to talk about topic, that affects many in our community
Bishop Dwane Brock of the Eagles Nest helped to organize the event. The event brought together community leaders, attorneys, members of the Erie police department and several others with the goal of creating a dialogue on how to address racial tensions to stop the violence in the African American community, bring more opportunity to youth and to bring our community together.
Participants were then broken down into four separate groups to address these issues asking the groups to provide recommendations for change.
A panel of Erie County judges, that included President Judge John Trucilla, District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter and District Judge Dom DiPaolo, listened to those recommendations and opened the room up for more dialogue on how we can move forward.
Also, a special announcement was made Tuesday morning that will help in this fight is the establishment of Erie’s first African American Boys Academy.