In the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Timothy Thomas, an unarmed African-American male, the city of Cincinnati faced significant civil unrest. This event became a national news headline when protesters barricaded the doors of City Hall, demanding greater transparency regarding the details of the tragedy.
As a reputable consulting firm with a deep understanding of and sensitivity to community issues, Integrity Development played a critical role in managing this situation.
We initiated focus group interviews with members of the urban community most directly affected by the event, gathering valuable insights and perspectives on strategies to improve police-community relationships. Drawing on our extensive experience, we designed and facilitated a community-wide simulcast conversation on diversity, which was broadcasted during prime time on ABC and simulcast on several television and major radio stations in the city. This event enabled diverse community members to engage in respectful conversations by teaching empathetic listening skills.
In addition, we provided DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) consultant training support for law enforcement, which eventually resulted in a police agreement that became the standard for the country.
Our approach to addressing the situation in Cincinnati offers valuable insights into best practices for managing civil unrest in a community. By engaging with and listening to the affected community, providing education and training, and promoting dialogue across diverse perspectives, Integrity Development was able to facilitate positive change in Cincinnati.