MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - For two years some neighbors along Bradyville Pike have been at odds with local law enforcement. But a community meeting Tuesday night hoped to change that.
"It still seems like there is some mistrust between the citizens and the police department," said Bradyville Road Church of Christ Minister Ricky Turner.
The divide grew after 11-year-old Lakeisha White was killed in 2008. Former Rutherford County Sheriff's Detective Ron Killings hit and killed the girl. Earlier this year, Killings was found not guilty of reckless homicide.
"Mr. Killings went before a jury of his peers and they found him innocent. So we have to deal with that," said Turner.
On Tuesday night, Turner called a community meeting with residents, church leaders, and Murfreesboro Police. Turner hoped by coming together law enforcement and neighbors can come to an understanding.
"I wanted to make sure that people know that the church was involved. And we're concerned about what is happening in our neighborhood," added Turner.
Most neighbors realized it will take time to bridge the gap. That is the reason they are willing to come together sooner rather than later.