Fed up with the recent crimes in Stockton’s Victory Park, community members met with Stockton Police during a BBQ put on by candidate for City Council Moses Zapien.
“The fact that our neighbors are able to talk one-on-one get to know the police, and police officers get to know the concerns of the residents – that is building relationships. That is building trust and that is building community,” Zapien said.
In the past two weeks, Victory Park saw one man killed for a gold chain and another beaten to death in a bathroom.
Days later, hundreds gathered at the park to try and make changes.
“Events like these are important to let the community know that we’re out here and wanting to talk with everyone that lives in the neighborhood because they are literally the eyes and ears for the police department,” said Stockton Police officer John Afanasiev.
“I think more needs to be done. This helps. We get to meet other people, but I think there needs to be more done,” said Stockton resident Cheryl Summers.