Triad Man Looks To Heal Others After Deadly Police Shootings

Triad man offers positive solution to healing after deadly police shootings. 

GREENSBORO, NC-- Anger and frustration for communities shaken by another unarmed black man, killed at the hand of a police officer.

Terence Crutcher, 40, was shot and killed by an officer, last Friday in Tulsa.

Police said they were responding to a call of a vehicle abandoned in the middle of the roadway.

In video from officers' dashcams and also from a helicopter, four officers are seen responding. The video also shows Crutcher with his hands up in the air as he walks away from officers toward his stalled vehicle.

Police said Crutcher did not respond to their commands, that’s when one officer used a stun gun on him and another shot him.

While many are turning to social media to express their frustration, one Triad man is offering a positive solution.

Donovan Livingston is a graduate student at UNC Greensboro and works as the Assistant Director of Tutoring.

Livingston was looking for a way to reach his UNCG community, so he posted a message on his social media pages. 

 

It's a picture of his office door, with a sign attached encouraging people who would like to discuss the shooting to come in. The sign reads that “true healing and understanding begins with dialogue.”

When asked what inspired him, Donovan said he wanted to use his space to communicate how he feels and reach out to others.

“At the very least I think it is important to create the stage for a dialogue to take place. I feel that is the first step for healing and learning about situations of racial injustice."

As for the reaction he’s received, Donovan says overall the feedback has been positive.

Students and alumni are grateful for a space on campus like the one he is providing to them.

Copyright 2016 WFMY


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