Friday evening December 12, five S.O.S. participants gathered at the Mediation Center to have a discussion about the Ferguson verdict facilitated by Outreach Worker Craig Alexander.

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The participants first wrote reflectively about the verdict and later shared their reflections. They discussed how the verdict affected their feelings of safety on the streets and how it influenced their view of law enforcement. Participants had a lot to say about how the Ferguson verdict affected their lives.

One said, “I thought it was wrong. I think it is a race, moral, and constitutional issue.” Another said, “It made me feel defeated as an African-American.” Others cited increased feelings of insecurity on the street, saying, “Get from point A to point B as fast as you can” and “Be safe, make it home.” For Crown Heights residents to feel safer and more connected, it is vital to come together and discuss national issues that effect our neighborhood.