Marietta Daily Journal: Representative Evans to host race and policing event

State Rep. Stacey Evans, D-Smyrna, will host a community conversation about race and policing on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Greater Zion Hill Baptist Church in Smyrna.

In a statement, Evans said recent tragedies in Dallas and Baton Rouge have “shaken” communities across the country and officers being fired on in Marietta show that the division is felt here in the Cobb community.

“But we must not break down to a point where we cannot see the human nature and good intention in the eyes of each other,” she said in the statement.

Smyrna and Marietta police departments, the Cobb NAACP, members of the local faith community, community leaders and elected officials have been invited to attend the event for a public conversation.

Fellowship and barbecue will follow the conversation to allow further interaction.

“We can change this. We can stop this before it leads to further division in our community,” Evans’ statement added, “but only if we talk to each other about how to do so.”

The Greater Zion Hill Baptist Church is located at 2010 Village Parkway in Smyrna.