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Pastors, police discuss recent officer-involved incidents

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The images of the horrific wreck that happened on Flint's north side two weeks ago remain fresh in the minds of many community members.  Jacqueline Nichols, 64, died when a Michigan State Police trooper involved in a high-speed pursuit crashed into the car she was riding in.

The incident created tension for some residents and somewhat hindered their trust with the state police.

"This unfortunate incident has set us back, as in we've had to take a look at and adjust where we've needed to," said Capt. Gene Kapp, 3rd District Commander for the Michigan State Police.

On Thursday night, leaders from the state police sat down with clergy members and other city leaders behind closed doors in hopes of making it right.

"They're leaders in the community, and we're listening to what they want us, what they need us to hear," said Kapp.

Pastors voiced their concerns about how the state police handle business on city streets.

"It was a very open and very honest, and not, but truly intense conversation," said Pastor Marvin Jennings.

"There has to be dialogue between the MSP and the residents, and the pastors just to show that there is concern and we can do what we need to do to gap that," said Pastor Jeff Hawkins. 

Both sides called the meeting a success and said communication is what's needed to make the police and community partnership stronger.

"We are hearing from the community what we might be able to do to be better, how we can be more effective, and that is an adjustment we are making," said Kapp.

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