AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Saturday evening, the Austin NAACP held its 49th annual Dewitty Overton Freedom Fund Banquet, where officials addressed protests and race relations across the country.
President of the Austin branch NAACP, Nelson Linder, told the audience we must work locally to address issues of mistrust between residents and law enforcement. He said communication is the key to building that trust and better relationships.
Chief Acevedo attended the event and received a round of applause from the audience.
“Continue to build our relationship with communities, all communities. Communities of color, young people, old people, north, south, east and west. You build legitimacy through engagement,” said Chief Acevedo. “And our community policing and our engagement with this community, I believe, has built a lot of what I call emotional political capital, with the people we serve. And it’s something that you can’t build when something goes wrong.”
Acevedo says during local protests, APD has worked to honor citizens’ First Amendment rights, staying out of the way, as long as they follow the law.
The DeWitty Overton Freedom Fund Banquet celebrates the diverse accomplishments of individuals who have served the community and worked towards social equality.