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Opening a dialogue

Officials with the City of Weirton, on Wednesday, met with local African-American pastors and community leaders in an effort to open a dialogue, including plans for quarterly meetings, following last week’s death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., and the demonstrations, protests and riots across the country which followed. In the meeting, attendees discussed police training to handle such situations and methods of reporting the incidents. Among the meeting attendees were Mayor Harold E. Miller; City Manager Joseph DiBartolomeo; Police Chief Rob Alexander; Assistant City Manager DeeAnn Pulliam; Rickey Thompson, who organized the meeting; the Rev. Rudy McAllister of Mt. Olive Baptist Church; the Rev. James Brown of Morning Star Baptist Church; Deacon Kenneth Miller of Mt. Olive Baptist Church; Pastor Sam Williams of Christ the King; Earlene Jones, Dunbar Center Affairs and member of Mt. Olive; Dr. D.W. Cummings of Shiloh Apostolic Faith Assembly; and Latisha R. Cummings, church administrator for Shiloh Apostolic Faith Assembly. — Contributed

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