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We need an open dialogue with the police in our community, and we need to respect ourselves. The tone for our community today should be unity and love of self. — C1 Clifton Brathwaite, Political Consultant, Hyde Park
I think you have to call the police commissioner and the mayor. Things won’t get any better if they don’t make changes. — Gladys Bussey, Retired, Roxbury
We need to unite more. We need to prove to them that when they shoot one of us, they’re killing a brother, a son, a family member, a community member. Unity matters. — Jada, Lab Technician, Roxbury
If you’re stopped by a cop, just comply with their orders. If you see a cop, walk the other way. — Karen Howell, Entrepreneur, Roxbury
Barack Obama said in order to master change, you have to change yourself. We have divisions among ourselves. We have to work together for the benefit of our community. Then it’s much easier to change the things around us. — Mesfin Beshir, Executive Director, Worcester
Protest. March on the State House. I don’t think what happened in Ferguson would happen here. We have too many black cops. — Ronald Gregory, Retired, Roxbury
What do you think blacks should do to curtail police abuse?