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— In the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, Metro Detroit law enforcement and church leaders gathered on Saturday to create a better understanding between police and black and Hispanic youth.

Detroit Police Chief James E. Craig was keynote speaker at "Honor the Line: Bridging the Gap Between Youth and Law Enforcement" at Triumph Church, on East Grand Boulevard, at I-75, in Detroit.

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The event was a collaboration of Triumph Church and the B.A.L.L. Foundation. According to the foundation's website it creates "social and life-changing experiences for youth ages 7-17, by providing a learning environment that enhances life skills through the influence of basketball."

Also slated to attend were former Detroit Deputy Mayor Saul Green; former U.S. Attorney Jeffery Collins; former Detroit Pistons player Ray Scott; retired Michigan State Police Capt. Harold Love and officers from the Detroit Police Department and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, who now patrol Belle Isle.

UWatson@detroitnews.com

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