Forum on police and community relations in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- More than 100 people poured into New Jerusalem Cathedral Wednesday, looking for answers and healing after recent police shootings and the shootings of officers.

"We have to find a solution to the problem," said Dr. Kevin Williams, senior pastor of the church.

Williams organized the event and says the goal is to come up with concrete ideas and not just talk.

"How do we fix it?" he asked.

Greensboro police, city council members, local pastors, county commissioners and citizens took part in the discussion.

“We have families,” said Greensboro police Sgt. Wayne Redfern. “We want to go home just like anybody else."

"Just because you look at me and my color is different than yours doesn't mean I'm a criminal,” said city council member Sharon Hightower.

A major part of the forum focused on solutions like neighborhood-oriented policing, having officers visit schools, mentorship programs and neighborhood parenting.

"You can't put it all on police, you can't put it all on schools,” said Guilford County Commissioner Ray Trapp. “It's a systematic thing that we have to talk about."

It’s a conversation Williams hopes will get to the root of what he says is a much bigger issue.

"Now is the time to start dealing with that cancer that is eating away at the unity of our country," he said.