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homes being burned. stefani: in community matters... a rally was held at a local business to help law enforcement connect with the community. stefani: the we are in this together community event was full of law enforcement and religious and educational leaders. tonight they talked about the growing tensions between law enforcement and some residents. stefani: ksee 24's lindsey henry attended the rally... she joins us live from the sheriffs office with the details? lindsey: everything from race relations to educating children. it was all important... and sheriff mims says that for the perception of law enforcement to be changed... it starts will asking the question....how. nats national anthem with a patriotic backdrop ... members of the community got together to talk about trust. trust between the men and women in blue...and those without a uniform. sheriff margaret mims, fresno county sheriffs office "the way i see it is that this is a time for opportunity for us, if there is a ground swell of concern, lets talk about it" incidents of alleged misconduct police across the country has caused increased tension. it's an unwelcome role reversal for top cops here in the valley. chief jerry dyer, fresno police department "law enforcement use to be seen as heroes, we were well supported and over the last couple of years that support has declined significantly across this nation, so it's our hope at some point we can work towards getting that back" but some say the problem has been many years in the making. nats sot "it's a historical pain that i hope people begin to acknowledge" the increased sense of tension is why owner of great american car wash aj rassamni held the event. aj rassamni, owner, great american car wash "so for me law enforcement is very very important" rassamni immigrated to the united states years ago and says he knows what it's like to live in a lawless society. aj rassamni, owner, great american car wash "i lived in lebanon for 9 years during the civil war and where we lived we didn't have law enforcement so i know how chaotic it is without law enforcement" with cell phones and social media now the norm .. officers know they're under a constant microscope. chief jerry dyer, fresno police department "i think the tendancy is for people to see something, make up their mind and then unfortunately through social media spread that and in many cases spread that miscommunication or facts that aren't true" sheriff mims says that gatherings like this help cops and the community find common ground. sheriff margaret mims, fresno county sheriffs office "everybody here doesn't agree on every single issue but it's very important that we at least talk about it and meet and educate each other about why we do what we do and why we feel the way we feel" lindsey: rassamni mentioned a quote from ghandi tonight...

"be the change you want to see in the world"... he says in order to see change here in the fresno community...he plans on having more events like this in the future. live in downtown fresno, lindsey henry, ksee 24




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