Emotions ran high at Calvary Christian Methodist Episcopal Church during a meeting designed to â€œdiffuse tension between the police department and the community.â€
Jersey City residents congregated at the Calvary Christian Methodist Episcopal Church on Tuesday, July 29th, for a meeting to â€œdiffuse tension between the police department and the community.â€
The agenda, which sparked intense debate between those in attendance, centered around the formation of a community group, police sensitivity training in regards to black culture, problems within the black community and how best to address them in the short-and-long-term.
Minister Phillip Webb, a former Jersey City police officer who hosted the meeting, voiced his disagreement with Mayor Fulopâ€™s new anti-crime initiative in helping to ease the tension between the community and police.
Later in the meeting, tensions between Councilwoman-at-large Joyce Watterman and Jersey City NAACP President William Braker surfaced over the issue of community based policing and foot patrols.
Minutes later Elizabeth â€œAlajwanjeâ€ Perry, a community activist, spoke about the need for a civilian review board, especially in light of the fatal police shooting of unarmed 20-year-old Lavon King. Braker responded to Perry citing a board setup by Mayor Fulop, but was immediately rebuked by businessman and political activist Bruce Alston.