CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - There’s now a plan to help bridge the gap between Chicago police and the community.
Every Friday, Father Michael Pfleger and the community in Englewood walk the streets for peace.
“Violence is never an acceptable answer and injustice is never an acceptable behavior,” Pfleger said.
This Friday’s march is a little different, though, following the shooting of police in Dallas and the police-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.
“No one is better or worse, their lives. Whether they're police or somebody in a car or somebody selling CD's. It's unacceptable to kill anybody,” Pfleger said.
NFL player J'Marcus Webb and actor Nick Cannon were at the march to support the call for peace in Chicago.
“It's very apparent that we're all in pain and we're frustrated. And I often say, people ask why do we do this in our own community, why do this to one another. Because hurt people, hurt people and ultimately we all hurt and it's time to fix that hurt,” said actor Nick Cannon.
In Roseland, Salem Baptist Church of Chicago is hosting an open dialogue between residents and Chicago police to help bridge the divide between officers and the people they serve and protect.
“It's a 2 way street, it's going to take all of us to fix it, but we're not going to fix it without a dialogue. We're not going to fix it seeing one party as the enemy and one party as the victims,” said Reverend James Meeks of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago.
The community came out to enjoy the hot day, but also to participate in getting to know officers who patrol their community.
"We need them. All of them are not bad. All of the people thats out here are not bad. There are those who are choosing to do things, And I mean, I don't fear police officers. I need them, I thank them,” said Roseland resident Natasha Richards.