In response to the George Floyd tragedy, the City of Pine Bluff will hold a public forum on law enforcement and racial justice from 6-7 pm. Thursday, June 25, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.


Panelists will include Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley M. Washington, Police Chief Kelvin Sergeant, Jefferson County Sheriff Lafayette Woods Jr., Jefferson County Judge Gerald Robinson, and community member Kymara Seals, who is also policy director for Arkansas Citizen’s First Congress.


The purpose of this event is to offer citizens an opportunity to be heard. Citizens will be able to express themselves to the special listening panel, according to a news release.


The public may share concerns related to racial injustice and recommendations for social reform. The public may also share feedback on existing law enforcement practices as well as new policy proposals from the Pine Bluff Police Department, according to the release.


During the forum, resources will be available for individuals to complete actions that will advance social change, according to the release.


Voter registration forms will be available and laptop stations will be open for individuals to complete the 2020 U.S. Census online. City officials believe this forum will be an opportunity for progress and meaningful dialogue.


Out of an abundance of caution against COVID-19, safety measures will be implemented to safeguard the health of the public. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Furthermore, individuals must wear a mask or facial covering while in the building.


Details: Pine Bluff Mayor’s Office, 870- 730-2000, ext. 7.