How a Black Lives Matter Protest Turned Into a Friendly Cookout With Local Cops

A Black Lives Matter demonstration originally planned for Sunday in Wichita, Kansas became a friendly cookout instead, as law enforcement officers sought to bridge the gap between police and the community. According to Time, The idea of a cookout came about after activist A.J. Bohannon and other organizers with Black Lives Matter met with Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay. Ramsay suggested the cookout as a way to open communication and build trust between the groups. The event, called the First Steps Community Cookout, became even more meaningful after news of the killings of police officers in Baton Rouge broke on Sunday morning. Photos and videos from the event posted to the Wichita Police Department’s Twitter account show officers in uniform posing with families, dancing with kids and singing with locals. Read the full article at