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Presidential Task Force hopes to improve relations between police and community

The goal of a Presidential Task Force is to hold sessions on how to avoid violent confrontations like those in Ferguson, Mo and Staten Island, N.Y. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham) The goal of a Presidential Task Force is to hold sessions on how to avoid violent confrontations like those in Ferguson, Mo and Staten Island, N.Y. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The goal of a Presidential Task Force is to hold sessions on how to avoid violent confrontations like those in Ferguson, Mo and Staten Island, N.Y. Those sessions are being held at the University of Cincinnati this weekend.

The Task Force is part of President Obama's administration's efforts to bolster community policing and improve trust between law enforcement officers and communities they serve.

For some community activists it's an effort that's long overdue. One local activists was among the panelists making recommendations.

"Hopefully if there's some level of intersection in terms of understanding each other and then working very intentionally to bridge those gaps to create more faith within the community, if we can get that far I think it would be beneficial," said Christina Brown, founder of Black Lives Matter Cincinnati.

Activist Brown says she has concerns about how police respond during mass demonstrations, like the recent protest that shut down Interstate 75, but didn't escalate into violence.

"I want the police who are particularly involved in overseeing those mass demonstrations to understand that those spaces are very sacred, but it's also important to take away some of the outrage and understand the frustrations that create those protests," Brown said.

The first topic of discussion was the use of deadly force which panelist, Fayetteville, N.C. police chief Harold Medlock says is generally misunderstood by the public.

"Use of force training and policy must be developed based upon the most current techniques, technology and equipment. Constant citizen input and interaction is critical in helping communities understand the whys and hows of use of force," Medlock said.

Mike McHale with the National Association of Police Organizations says it's a matter of educating the public.

"We must work together to better educate the public about he role and rights of police officers in enforcing the law including the right to defend themselves and innocent bystanders," McHale said.

The listening session continues Friday here at the UC where the task force will hear discussions on the use of body cameras and their legal considerations.

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