I applaud The News Tribune for inviting community leaders in for a discussion (Karen Peterson column, 5-24) to avoid a flare-up that we've seen in many other cities recently regarding police and community relations.
Recently, at City Club of Tacoma, we had a program titled "Can Ferguson Happen in Tacoma?" The News Tribune and City Club invited some of the same community leaders, such as Lyle Quasim and Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell. But we had one additional, and in my opinion, key player involved: Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.
Lindquist was a vital part of our program, lending his articulate thoughts about ways to keep the dialogue going. What a heartening experience it was to see the camaraderie between Lindquist, Ramsdell and Quasim.
I am very hopeful that with multiple community conversations such as these, Tacoma will not join the other cities that have had the civil unrest. Our key players are community oriented and very willing to communicate. Tacoma is fortunate to have Lindquist and Ramsdell, two public servants who want to address the problem before it is an active one.