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Originally published: York County, Tuesday is your chance to confront the cops.

Six local police chiefs and District Attorney Tom Kearney have accepted the York NAACP's invitation to answer community members' questions at Crispus Attucks, 605 S. Duke St. in York City.

The forum is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

Sandra Thompson, president of the York NAACP, said she's glad so many law-enforcement officials have agreed to participate — especially after recent events in New York and Missouri that have cast an international spotlight on the issue of police officers' use of force.

"This nation is in an uproar, and I think they realize the seriousness of it," Thompson said. "One or two (police chiefs) would have been great. I'm glad for the response, and I'm glad that they recognize this is an important issue to the community."

Protest: The Aug. 9 police-involved killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., set off protests there and also prompted a group to demonstrate in York City's Continental Square.

Jeremy Kiehner of East Prospect was one of five people out Thursday night holding signs and calling for police accountability. Numerous motorists in passing cars honked their car horns in support.

"Our whole goal is to bring some light to the situation (in Missouri) and the militarization of police forces as it is now," he said.


Thompson said the goal of the forum is to allow residents an opportunity to ask questions and voice their expectations of police "as well as educate the community about their rights and responsibilities."

"I don't know what direction it's going to take," she said. "The only thing I'm going to ask everybody to be is respectful."

Chiefs Wes Kahley of York City, George Swartz of Spring Garden Township, Tom Hyers of Springettsbury Township, Tom Gross of York Area Regional Police, John Snyder of Newberry Township and Mark Bentzel of Northern York Regional Police will be there.

Representatives from the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and Department of Justice also have accepted the invitation.

The event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday's meeting is a follow-up to a July 29 forum hosted by the York NAACP about proper ways to handle encounters with police officers.

That event included a 40-minute video and a question-and-answer session with two local attorneys, but only about 20 people showed up.

Thompson said she's hoping for a larger turnout this time.

"All we can do is make the learning opportunities (available) and hope that the community responds," she said.

Staff Writer Greg Gross contributed to this report.