Activists joined by elected officials to discuss police, community relationship

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ASBURY PARK -

Activists were joined by elected officials in Asbury Park Monday to discuss what they say is a rocky relationship between police and the community.

The meeting was organized by community leaders, including Reverend Nicolle Harris at Second Baptist Church.

Harris says in recent months, incidents have come up where police and the community haven't gotten along including people being stopped for lights on their bike or having their hands in pockets.

She says she wants to work on improving the relationship between police and the community.

Mayor John Moor and representatives from the Asbury Park Police Department and from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office attended the meeting. They say they're already working on ways to help crack down on any inappropriate behavior, including investigating officers who have a higher rate of physical force and educating officers on how to better understand and work with the community they serve.

Moor announced the city is working towards creating a citizen's advisory board to help look into complaints of misconduct.

The group who organized the meeting says this was the first of many more meetings. They say their next step is to talk to some of the people who have had encounters with police to get their input on how to move forward.

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