Rockford police listen to the public's opinions on recent officer involved, deadly shootings.
Chief Chet Epperson says tonight's meeting was the first in years that the department could come together with many of its partners following a fatal use of force. The Rockford Police Department as well as Illinois State Police, the Winnebago County Integrity Task Force and City of Rockford were all represented. The integrity task force is used as a third party during the fatal investigations.
Chief Epperson says what he heard loud and clear tonight, is that the public needs to be kept more in the loop when these things happen.
"The timing, there's timing from when the shooting takes place, to the announcement of the grand jury. So what I will be taking back to our policy board and the Integrity Task Force, can the Integrity Task Force update the public, let's say every 10 days or a week or so, or whatever it be, and say this is where we're at, we have this to take place, because the public is left out."
Chief Epperson says they plan on having two more community dialogues like Thursday night's, before summer.
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