SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- National and local cases of alleged police brutality were the focus of Saturday's meeting of the National Action Network's Syracuse Chapter.
The meeting comes less than a week after the latest allegation of police brutality against the Syracuse Police Department. A lawyer for a local college student said the 20-year-old was beaten by officers without cause outside a city party.
This week, the world closely watched the actions of police following the shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, MO.
Some at the meeting expressed frustrations about their own experiences with local police.
NAN volunteers like Erik Eure said their goal is to open lines of communication among local agencies.
"You would expect that maybe in 2014, the potential for that type of violence and protest would not still exist," said Eure, a clergy volunteer with NAN. "Here in Syracuse, we want to be proactive. We want to be reaching out to have improved and always open lines of communication with our police department, with our school district."