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Chief Thompson and the rest of the panelists agreed that conversations like Thursday night's are a first step — and they want more community involvement in the future. Thompson said it's important for officers to get to know the people they serve and interact with them beyond active enforcement of the law. Though she said there's hope for change, Fant said she still believes there is a long way to go in officers' having empathy and respect for all races — and she said minorities are still treated differently by police.