San Marcos holds town hall to address policing and race

FILE - City of San Marcos sign (KXAN File Photo/Lauren Lanmon)
FILE - City of San Marcos sign (KXAN File Photo/Lauren Lanmon)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — In order to have an open and frank dialogue about policing and race relations, the city of San Marcos along with Hispanic leaders are holding a community town hall Thursday evening.

“Trust and open dialogue is an essential element in the relationship between the police department and the community,” said San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp. “We hope these conversations will build upon our current foundation of mutual respect between our department and the community and highlight opportunities to enhance those relationships.”

The entire community is encouraged to join in on the conversation to discuss community policing, diversity and race relations. The panel includes Rev. Sam Montoya of Sinai Pentecostal Church; City employee and Director of the San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau, Rebecca Ybarra-Ramirez; and Police Chief Chase Stapp. The conversation will be moderated by Liz Castañeda of Texas State University.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cuauhtémoc Hall at 1100 Patton St.

The San Marcos Police Department is also working to organize a similar town hall meeting for the African-American community in the coming weeks. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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