The Williamstown Police Department  Wednesday listened to input from residents about how it can do more to reach out to people of color at a time when violent, racist actions by police in other parts of the country dominate the national conversation.
"I want you to know there are people of color in this community who are hurting," said Drea Finley, the dialogue facilitator for Williams College's office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
Chief Kyle Johnson and Lt. Mike Ziemba talked about the local police force's efforts to police the town of 7,700 and how police across the commonwealth participate in in-service training, including on topics like de-escalation intervention.
Johnson and Ziemba also were clear in their condemnation of the police actions that led to the death of George Floyd.
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