Mayor Walsh hosts conversation about racism in Boston

BOSTON (WHDH) - Hundreds packed the Majestic Theater on Saturday to discuss race in the City of Boston.

“Today was laying down the foundation of the dialogue…” said Mayor Marty Walsh.

Mayor Walsh hosted the event as the first in a series of conversations about race.

More than 1,000 people attended the forum, which was also streamed online, as residents shared their concerns, along with hopes for the future.

“I think it sort of brought people together to realize we got to work harder on making the city a place where there is no bigotry and no racism and I think everyone left here with a good feeling,” said Commissioner William Evans of the Boston Police Department.

Police Superintendent-in-chief William Gross Emphasized the importance of conversations like these in order to move forward together, addressing one attendee in particular who said she was scared of police.

“That’s what dialogue’s about;  I welcome them to come talk to me as well as my officers, so we can break any fear that they may have and we can tell them we’re human as well and we have fears,” said Gross.

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