Warren MLK event Sunday to bring black people and police together

Staff report


A Martin Luther King Jr. event at 6 p.m. Sunday at Second Baptist Church, 1510 Main Ave. SW, in Warren will emphasize good relationships between black people and law-enforcement officers.

Black youths will escort police officers during a law-enforcement-recognition ceremony that will include a tribute to Justin Leo, a Girard police officer killed in the line of duty in October. More than 30 officers are expected to participate.

“We want them to come together in a nonconfrontational setting. We want them to know that each is there for the other,” Vince Peterson, a pastor and Trumbull County probation officer, said.

“There’s been a divide when we look at Blue Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter,” Peterson said. “If we don’t come together, we will be black and blue.”

The Trumbull County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, led by its president, the Rev. Joe Walker, is sponsoring the program.

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