In the wake of recent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a young man allegedly by a city police officer, Chester Mayor Wendell N. Butler, Jr. is taking the long view and asking key law enforcement partners to rally for a long-term solution in an unprecedented community policing effort.
Reeling from the Aug. 5th shooting death of 21-year-old Daniel “Pooh Bear” Simms, community reaction played out in a meeting of over 100 people last week and subsequent protests over the internet and in person that included a pre-teen using the F-word in addressing Butler and Police Chief Darren Alston, the mayor sent a letter to leaders of the Chester-Upland School District, the Chester Housing Authority, the Crozer-Keystone Health System and Widener University, all entities with separate police and security departments, requesting they participate in the development of a formal effort to provide police officers as role models to elementary students at all schools – public, charter, private and parochial.
Butler said he arrived at this decision after “a lot of prayer and deep, thoughtful analysis.”
In addition, Butler said…
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