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August 10, 2016 34th District Democrats host discourse on police and racial profiling
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By Lindsay Peyton

Fe Lopez, executive director of the Community Police Association, warned attendees at the 34th District Democrats’ regular meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

“We can’t change things if you’re not willing to be uncomfortable,” she said. “And if you’re not uncomfortable today, we’re not doing our job.”

Lopez kicked off a panel discussion on police and racism. Guest speakers also included King Country Sheriff John Urquhart, retired judge Anne Levinson, who serves as auditor of the Office of Professional Accountability, Sili Savusa, executive director of the White Center Community Development Association and activist Bobby Alexander.

Chris Porter served as moderator. He shared his own experiences facing racism in the city.

Lopez said the topic is nothing new. What is different, however, is the ability of the public to capture incidents involving police and racial profiling with their cell phones, she explained.

“That changes what people see going on and how people are feeling in an easy, fast way,” she said. “That’s the shift we’re seeing.”

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