PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The NAACP, Portland Police Department and two local churches held a race relations forum Monday. They decided to have the forum because of the problems in Ferguson, Missouri, where a Caucasian officer shot an African American unarmed teen. Riots followed as people questioned whether the shooting was justified.
Police Chief Mike Sauschuck lead a question and answer session about how his department works. He said the point of these conversations is to create trust between the police and the community.
"The important part is that people know that we're paying attention, that we care about their opinion, and we're going to do something about it," he said.
Chief Sauschuck said that there could be other discussions in the future, depending on what comes out of this meeting.