SALINAS, Calif. - More than 100 people came together at Emmanuel Bilingual Baptist Church on Wednesday night to discuss violence on the streets and a lack trust in law enforcement in East Salinas. Participants said it was just the first step to moving beyond the fear, frustration and anger following recent officer-involved shootings.
"We want our voices to be heard as residents. But we want to do it in a way that's gonna impact others and its gonna benefit the community as well, not just harm it," said resident Sylvia Ramirez.
Ramirez said protestors that marched on the streets one week ago, aren't reflective of everyone in East Salinas. Outrage poured onto the pavement following recent officer involved shootings and a peaceful protest turned into violence toward police.