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Officers in 010 go on 'ride along' with residents to promote racial justice
The cold weather on Jan. 19 did not stop residents of the Og- den community from participating in the North Lawndale Ra- cial Justice Ride, which was sponsored by Equiticity, an organi- zation that promotes racial equity.
The bike ride around the city, held in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, included stops at churches and parks for residents to give speeches in remembrance of the important work that King’s life was so passionately dedicated to.
Riders braved the freezing temperatures and began the event at the Lawndale Christian Fitness Center, rode through the neighborhood and ended at the same location. Officers from the 10th District followed alongside the bicycles to assist with any incidents and ensure residents arrived safely at each stop- ping point.
The ride was a great way to bring the community together, which is something Officer Steven Olsen loved to see.
“It was good to get the community together for the cause,” Olsen reflected. “Everybody seemed like they had a great time.” Olsen recounted that although there were several flat tires
and some snow, residents still had smiles on their faces.
The day was a great reflection of how officers are there to
serve the community.
“As an officer, we're there to protect and serve,” Olsen assert-
ed. “So we were serving them in every way possible that we can. We were with everybody at the churches, talking to everybody that participated in the outreach. It was very good to see.”
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