FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Captain Mitch Mckinney and Sgt Sofia Rosales-Scatena with the Fort Wayne Police Department talked about how to better the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color on Fort Wayne's NBC News Today.
Morning anchor Julian Teekaram asked Captain McKinney about how he felt as a police officer and black man when he watched that former Minneapolis police officer put his knee on Floyd's neck.
"I was thoroughly disgusted. You know that's not how we treat people. And it's most definitely not how law enforcement officers are trained to treat people. I tell you as a good cop, that's not the way police officers are supposed to act," said McKinney.
Sgt. Scatena talked about the weekend's out of control protests and says they waited a while before intervening and said they were getting calls from drivers, afraid for their safety.
McKinney says they hope to improve race relations through their Procedural Justice Program, which is all about meeting people where they're at.
He says officers listening and walking with protesters is part of that program.
He also referenced the police department's work with the Boys and Girls club as an example of community outreach.
McKinney says it's clear that they have a lot more work to do, but they're heading in the right direction.