The past two weeks have been so emotionally charged that city and community leaders are encouraging people to come together and offer their opinion on how to move forward.
Today, Mike Kurtenbach, assistant chief of the Phoenix police Department, spoke the words many Americans are craving to hear.
“This isn't about division, this isn't about thinking differently and being on opposite sides of the street…this is about coming together."
Standing side by side with Reverend Reginald Walton, chairman of Arizona Black Lives Matter organization, the two addressed the most recent tragedy that took the lives of three police officers in Baton Rouge Sunday morning.
"We grieve with the law enforcement community, and in no way shape, or form do we condone violence, violence is a plague that this country is dealing with," said Reginald Walton.
Walton called on the community to stop picking sides, and come together.
"What I love about the relationship that the Phoenix Police Department has with Rev. Walton and Black Lives Matter, is that when we greet each other, we greet each other with a hug. We greet each other as Mike and as Reginald," said Kurtenbach.
Echoing another simple but needed reminder through their address.
"At this point in time, we just want it to be known that violence is not the answer," Walton said.
Kurtenbach, who's served the City of Phoenix for 26 years, added calmly but firmly, that now is the time for unity; and that in the end, we're all seeking peace and justice.
“There’s a very real dialogue that has to occur, there have been mistakes on both sides, but by coming together, by talking, by addressing real issues, that’s how we move this country forward, that’s how we move this city forward," Kurtenbach said.
If you'd like to join in the dialogue, there's the perfect opportunity tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m. at the Philip CME Churhc, located at 1401 W Adams Street.
This gathering is called "Moving Phoenix Forward."
Police and Black Lives Matter will be there along with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to listen and discuss!