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Moultrie officials improve community relations

February 15, 2007

Moultrie -- Moultrie and Colquitt County officials met with the public Thursday night to kick-off a new group focused on improving the community, and they had help from the US Justice Department.

The Department's Human Resource division came to town to address ongoing concerns, such as last year's police shooting of convenience store worker Willie Banks and several Hispanic home invasions.

The department will help develop a Human Relations Committee to improve the relationship between the community and law enforcement. Some people say they're intimidated by police and wish police were more approachable.

"If they just had a better attitude, instead of just assuming your drunk, they could come at you better," said concerned Moultrie Resident Kaitlan Harris.

"We have a diverse community here and we need input from across the entire depth and breadth of the community as we start talking about how the community moves forward together," said committee organizer Dennis Epps.

The UGA Archway Partnership Project is also helping Moultrie develop its Human Relations Committee that will develop a structure within the community to try to meet people's needs.

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