Birmingham church postpones forum addressing relationship with police due to power outage

Published: Jul. 10, 2016 at 3:09 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 10, 2016 at 4:00 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - One Birmingham church planned to have a forum during service on Sunday morning about the recent police-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Unfortunately, they had to cancel due to a power outage.

Faith Walkers Church still met in the shade outside Carver Theatre in downtown Birmingham to pray for our country and the events that happened last week.

The church planned to have a forum called "Let's Talk About It."

The panel included Deputy Chief Henry Irby with the Birmingham Police Department, Captain Zandral Washington with the UAB Police Department and U.S. Attorney Glennon Threatt.

Pastor Kelvin Bryant says the forum will be rescheduled for next Sunday at 10 a.m. at Carver Theatre.

Bryant wants to use the forum to develop an action plan for the community.

"Not just marching, marching is great but after it's over, what do we do next? And what do we need to do to make sure that we stay safe and make sure that the police are not intimidated when they stop us and we're not intimidated when they stop us," said Bryant.

Deputy Chief Irby was asked if the Birmingham Police Department planned to make any changes in light of the incidents that happened last week.

"We should always be looking for something better. We should always pursue excellence so we should never become complacent. Anything that we can do to make things better is always what we should strive for," said Irby.

Irby says they are looking at outfitting all patrol officers and detectives with body cameras, not only to keep the officers honest, but to also keep the public honest.

He also says right now the department has a combination of dual patrols and single patrols, depending on several factors including the manpower, the situation and the area.

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