Local Reaction: Talking Race Relations Following Brown Shooting

As thousands of people turned out Monday for the funeral of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was fatally shot on August 9th by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, those in the east are talking about race relations and if something like it could happen here.

Latrell Anthony, a Greenville mother of six, says hearing about an unarmed black boy getting shot by a white officer has her concerned about her youngest and oldest sons.

She says it wasn't that long ago that her oldest child was followed to their Moyewood home and stopped by police as he walked into the house. Anthony says, "They ran up in the door behind him and I'm like, what in the world is going on, he says, I'm sorry ma'am we misunderstood him, mis-identified him, so it's very important these young men, carry their ID's."

Pastor Rodney Coles with the Churches Outreach Network in Pitt County says bringing the faith based community together with local authorities is key to communicating.

Coles says, "I believe that if there's not good communication with the authorities, with the police department, and the sheriff's department, I believe these things will happen. I'm really glad in Pitt County that I have a good relation and police department."

Coles says he can't judge what happened to Michael Brown or the circumstances that led to his death.

And Anthony says she's focused on teaching her children about doing the right thing, instead of fearing the police.

Anthony says, "They're not doing anything wrong they shouldn't be concerned about it but I want them to be able to stand up for themselves if something were to happen like that."

The Pitt County chapter of the NAACP says they want to organize a rally for peace in recognition of the death of Brown at the Pitt County courthouse in the coming week. Details have yet to be released.


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