Day of Unity Event Addresses Racial Reconciliation, Policing

A “Day of Unity” event prompted by the racial justice movement drew about 150 socially distanced people to the Lake Mirror Amphitheater on Saturday, The Ledger reported. Police Chief Ruben Garcia described his department’s de-escalation training and acknowledged that effective policing depends on public support. Mayor Bill Mutz said a draft Lift Lakeland plan for racial reconciliation will be shared with 15 to 20 community organizations, then presented at a community forum as soon as next month | Photo gallery