Columbia, MO discusses community policing, racial disparities at traffic stops during town hall

Nearly 100 community members tuned into a virtual town hall Saturday night to discuss issues surrounding policing in Columbia and propose potential solutions.

“Part of the discussion will focus on how this community moves forward,” co-organizer Rebecca Shaw of CoMo for Progress said. “(This is) following years of advocates asking the city and police for specific changes to their policies to better inform an anti-racist philosophy around community policing and, now, nightly protests of new voices asking for many of the same changes.”