Burgaw community leaders to host forum examining policing and race relations

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BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — In the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis and other incidents across the country, issues pertaining to police brutality and race relations have been in the spotlight.

A community forum called, Let’s Talk CPR, aims to address a number of topics including community, policing and race relations.

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“We believe the time is now for the conversation that has been avoided for way too many years,” said James Malloy, co-organizer of Let’s Talk CPR. “We are at a tipping point in our society and country where we must to sit down and have an open, honest and candid conversation about how to be a better people.”

Pender County Sheriff Alan Cutler and Burgaw Police Chief Jim Hock both plan to participate in the forum in which Malloy hopes will become an ongoing conversation of learning and sharing to unify the community.

“My desire is that we be an exception to all the divisiveness and chaos going on in our country today,” Malloy said. “There is strength and unity in diversity.”



The forum will be held Thursday, July 16, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Burgaw Community House located at 102 E. Wilmington Street in Burgaw.

To attend, you must reserve a seat by calling one of the following by July 13:

  • Sheriff Alan Cutler – 910-259-1212
  • Chief Jim Hock – 910-259-4924
  • Bishop James Malloy – 910-540-7299
  • Karen Malloy – 919-740-7802