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Waco, McLennan County leaders discuss change needed within community

Posted at 10:46 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 23:46:39-04

Central Texans are coming together to peacefully demand change. It's a conversation Waco and McLennan County leaders say is long overdue.

"Having lived through the civil rights movement in the 60s. I have seen us do it in a way that has not been peaceful, but what has been productive are the peaceful protest," said Patt Miller, County Commissioner for Precinct 2.

Like the ones taking place here in Central Texas.

"We as police do not need to create a tension that does not have to be there," said Chief Ryan Holt, Assistant City Manager and Waco Police Chief.

Tuesday afternoon, if you tuned in to 94.5, you heard city leaders openly discussing what change can look like.

"We need to keep the conversations going. We need to do what we can to understand this problem," said Berry Johnson, District Attorney.

Sheriff Parnell McNamara says having these conversations are crucial.

"We are just going to keep a good line of communication between law enforcement and our minority communities to make sure we are serving them the way that we need to," he said.

Chief Holt says the harder the conversations, the bigger the impact it can have.

"Each person brings a perspective to the table, and we have to be willing to hear them and do something about it," he said.

Miller says she feels change will happen because of the younger generation.

"They are shaping the political landscape and the social activity for us, so as an older generation, I am proud of what the future of our country looks like," she said.

Setting a tone for what's to come in the future.