Local leaders in Tippecanoe County to hold event discussing racial injustice

Local leaders in Tippecanoe County have set a date and are preparing to hold a town hall with the community. During the event elected officials will hear from the public on racial injustice. News 18's Marvin Bills spoke with the Greater Lafayette NAACP President about the event and why having this event is crucial during this time.

Posted: Jun 21, 2020 3:24 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—On July 25th local law enforcement, elected officials, organization and faith leaders will join the community in a tough and important conversation on racial injustice.

"We stand together," said Sadie Harper Scott. 

After the death of George Floyd Greater Lafayette NAACP President Sadie Harper Scott started planning a public meeting.

"Noticing what happened with George Floyd in all of the other cities and states, issues that they are having there are pretty much so close to us," said Scott. 

Scott said this town hall style event is a call to action on bridging the gap between local law enforcement and the community.

"There are some people that are really not getting the information out," said Scott. "So why not have a community meeting outside so that the community can share their input and how we positively put those plans in place to make sure we are happy and proactive with our city."

The Amphitheater will house the event which will start at 11 am and go until 4 pm. There will also be time at the end for people to know their local leaders better.

"A closed mouth never gets fed," said Scott. "So we want to make sure that if they have questions or concerns the law enforcement will be there for questions they will be there for answers. We are actually going to make sure that people get the opportunity to meet who their police officers are who their chiefs are."

Scott said this event is all about bringing everyone together by having real and raw discussions that could create change.

"I want my community to know as NAACP President, my ears are open, my eyes are open and I want to make sure that we breathe together," said Scott. 

Volunteers are also welcome. For information on how you can volunteer during this event please contact Sadie Harper Scott at (765) 430-1418. You may also contact West Lafayette City Clerk Sana Booker at (765) 426-9017. 

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