Topeka meeting with police, community ends abruptly

Police Chief James Brown (File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A meeting between community members and Topeka police ended abruptly when participants yelled at the police chief.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports about 200 people attended the Friday meeting, which ended about halfway through the scheduled program.

Police Chief James Brown was interrupted as he read his remarks noting the police department’s efforts to engage with the community, touting community policing officers’ work and recent “coffee with a cop” events.

A man sitting at the back of the room laughed loudly and interjected comments as Brown spoke. A woman then also stood up and began yelling, while attendees asked her to calm down, and a man asked her to stop cursing.

A pastor appealed for calm, but finally announced the meeting had ended when order couldn’t be restored.


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