Police, faith groups aim to rebuild community trust

Police, faith leaders organize RESET walk after violence
Updated: Aug. 27, 2018 at 11:46 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond police and local faith leaders just wrapped up what's known as R.E.S.E.T. walk.

It's an effort to rebuild trust and establish a sense of security in a part of Richmond still coming to grips with a shooting that left a man dead Sunday night.

"It's sad because at the end of the day it could have been any one of us," Church Hill resident Kiarria Coles said.

In a small apartment community in Church Hill, residents pay their respects to a man who they say was trying to turn his life around.

"He had a big heart, like Mike was a just a cool dude," neighbor Leann Holman said.

A vigil marked where 41-year-old Michael Allen laid in the grass suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where later died Sunday.

But in the midst of this tragedy, a group in Richmond is canvassing the neighborhood in an effort to hit the reset button on Sunday's violence.

John Richardson-Lauve with ChildSavers RVA along with Richmond Police and community faith leaders engaged in what's known as a R.E.S.E.T. walk which stands for Rapid Engagement of Support in the Event of Trauma.

"What we want is for people to feel safe, and in the aftermath of an event like this people just don't feel safe," Richardson-Lauve said. "It's really about offering support and building relationships because we want people in the community to see the police department as an ally in terms of safety and a partner in creating a safe community."

Monday evening, the group went door-to-door offering prayers and addressing the concerns of residents.

When no one answered the door, the group left a list of community resources at every home it passed with the hopes that this community and others will never have to experience the loss of one of their own again.

"Sometimes that's in the moment resources like additional patrols from the police department," Richardson-Lauve said. "Other times it's longer term resources like counseling and therapy."

So far no suspect information has been released in Allen's death. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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