State and local law enforcement and community groups are holding a forum to discuss the relationship between police and minorities following grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York that sparked demonstrations in Rhode Island and across the U.S.
The event called "New Beginnings Community Outreach Forum: A Follow-Up to the Ferguson Decision" is scheduled for Monday evening in South Providence.
State police, Providence police, the Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-Violence, the Providence NAACP and other groups are co-hosting the forum.
Participants are expected to address the impact of recent grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.
Several hundred people blocked downtown Providence streets in recent demonstrations, shouting "black lives matter."