Thanks for a meeting that eased pain

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On Thursday, June 7, the South East Oak Park Community Organization (SEOPCO) sponsored a meeting with representatives from the Village of Oak Park police and community relations departments at the Park District of Oak Park Conservatory. The reason for the meeting was to provide good dialogue among its participants in the recent event that happened on June 22.

We thought the comments, questions, and concerns from residents were addressed with candid responses from the village's staff.

This meeting intended to ease the fear and pain within our neighborhood. We would hope that this dialogue is a stepping stone to bigger and better things to come. Furthermore, we hope that last night's meeting will be the catalyst to build a solid relationship between the citizens of Oak Park and the police department that will enhance community policing not just around the south east quadrant of the village, but throughout the village's boundaries.

On behalf of SEOPCO, we want to personally thank the citizens in the community, and the police department including: Chief Tanksley, Deputy Chiefs Leidy, Ambrose and Scianna; Village President Pope and Trustees Brock, Johnson, Marsey and Milstein; Community relations manager Cedric Melton, the moderator; and the members of SEOPCO.

Also, I would like to personally thank David Powers, Communications Director, and Carl Swenson for helping set up the meeting room and making arrangements for a news media outlet be placed.

We would like to specially thank the Park District of Oak Park for allowing us to use the Conservatory and John Seaton, manager of the building, for making last minute arrangements to provide the space for us. We hope that we can move beyond the pain and grief.

I hope that our participants will work closely with the police department and assist them in any way possible to solve this case.

SEOPCO Steering Committee

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