MCSO holds meeting on awareness of racism

Updated: June 30, 2020 11:13 PM
Created: June 30, 2020 10:17 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Staff at the Monroe County Sheriff's Office talked about racism, experiences and awareness during a hard, open conversation.

In order to encourage attendance, the meeting was closed to the public, but staff who were inside the meeting talked to us about what they learned. 


"Sometimes when you don't understand how someone is reacting to a situation, you need to open your mind to be able to learn from that and ask the questions, ‘Why is this happening?’ ‘What do I need to learn to be a better person, a better law enforcement officer?’" Capt. Christopher Shellard said.

"We know that while we wear the badge, we need to maintain professionalism, and we have to treat people with respect, the way we want to be treated, the way we want our family and friends to be treated," Deputy Lakisha Shepard said.

This is a meeting that Monroe County Sheriff's Office staff has asked for, and there will be more discussions. 

They want to bring even more people to the table.

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