CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Tensions between police and those they serve and protect are at an all-time high.
But on Friday, in one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods, both sides came together. A pop-up party was held in Englewood, a neighborhood that is no stranger to crime.
Chicago police officers interacting with kids at the corner of 64th and Honore: it was a welcomed introduction for the kids.
"We have all kinds of stuff here and police is out here watching your back, and just come out here and get some food. We all having fun,” said Davian.
It’s an opportunity to get to know Englewood residents. This pop-up concert and get together aims to bring people out on the block, offer food, as well as safety.
"I think it's a right step in the right direction, regarding the issues we're having right now. This is something that needs to be addressed and I think it's something that we need to do. It's a step into building relationships and trust again. That's the problem, trust,” said Sgt. Roderick Watson.
People were also able to watch a sneak performance of the play ‘Man Law.’ The story explores racism and police-involved shootings.
The playwright, Messiah Equiano, hopes his writing will open more conversations about how the city deals with race and perceived differences.
The sight of police and Englewood residents made Equiano emotional.
“Hopefully we can see the ugliness of it and change and bring about peace. So this is just making my heart feel really good,” Equiano said.
Chicago police, volunteers and residents are hopeful this is just the start of more meetings on all sides.
"This is a Friday night in Englewood, potentially where this same block may have some other things going on, but here it just goes to show you if we spead love, then love will be contagious,” Equiano said.