LIMA — A town hall forum on police reform is scheduled to be held Thursday as a way to encourage discussion around issues of body cameras, use of excessive force and racial profiling.
Sponsored by the newly organized Committee on Social Injustice and Reform, the event will feature multiple subject matter experts from regional police departments and related groups in a town-hall style event.
Panelists will include Attorney Jerry Pitts, former police officer and retired firefighter Chris Jackson, NAACP Lima Chapter President Rev. Ron Fails, Lima Police Department Chief Kevin Martin, former Lima City Councilor and local businessman Ray Magnus, local resident Darrick Dillard and Heir Force Community School Director Dr. Willie Heggins, III.
Those in attendance will be able to submit questions.
“Ultimately, this is an opportunity to continuously listen to each other on how to work together between law enforcement and the community,” Heggins said.
Heggins said similar events in future months are currently being planned by the committee to give those in the community a chance to talk about issues related to systemic racism.
Outside of planning events, the committee is currently working to increase voter turnout through a number of different avenues with an overarching goal of adding 10,000 more voters to county rolls by the next general election.
“We want this to be an opportunity where we can begin to build foundations, improve our systems and develop policies for reform that will change some of the systemic barriers,” Heggins said.
Event organizers are asking attendees — limited to 50 — to come with facial coverings due to required social distancing regulations.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.