Police chief town hall calls for peace amidst protests

Since the results of the presidential election rolled in, tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest Donald Trump's victory.

Some chanting "Not my president" or "Love Trumps Hate." Rallies happening in several states - including New York, California, Oregon and even here in Michigan at Wayne State University.

"I find it somewhat troubling," said Highland Park Police Chief Chester Logan. I think we have new leadership and I don't know if we have given that new leadership a chance."

"Our country is in strife," said River Rouge Police Chief Deborah Hayes Price. "We need to come together we need to start in our community, our churches."

"We need to be one America," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. "The election is over we need to move forward."

Police chiefs from Detroit and Downriver communities sounding off before a town hall meeting planned before the election. Community relations between police officers and its residents was the center of discussion. But certainly the civil unrest that has popped up in cities nationwide is top of mind.

"We support the right of free speech and protest and we (make) relationships with the organizers - and that's worked well for us," Craig said. "And we'll continue to do that there is that line of breaking the law which we won't allow."

"We have no problem with peaceful demonstrations, that's part of the American fabric," Logan said. "We are not afraid just want to make sure it is done in a proper manner."

In other states fires have been set, dozens have been arrested but so far protests here have remained mostly peaceful.

Perhaps the most disturbing aspect is how  the polarizing issues and false information has impacted our children. This video of Royal Oak Middle School children chanting "build wall going viral. It is now being called bullying at its worst.

"We need to help one another embrace each other," Price said. "Because kids learn from us. If we don't lead by example, when we fall they fall."

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