Last week, we profiled Bud Whitehorn, who recently became the first community liaison between the Black community and the Rochester Police Department.
You can read that story here: The obvious man for the job
We asked people to give us their take.
Charles Jackson, Founder, Ministry of Good Works, Rochester
"Choosing William 'Bud' Whitehorn as a community activist liaison between the Rochester Police Department and the Black Community is a great idea. I've known Bud Whitehorn for many years and it's a blessing to me that I am able to be a witness to his growth.
Mr. Whitehorn is a creative thinker who embraces the thoughts of change and leadership, guiding others to the truth. He's proactive in finding creative ways to deliver solutions that leads to peace and restoration among our community, regardless of one's age, race, and backgrounds. Mr. Whitehorn, has become a skilled gatekeeper in the eyes of so many people."
CarolAnn Marie, Community Member, Rochester
"Bud Whitehorn's astounding reputation precedes him. Anyone who knows him speaks highly of him, his commitment to our community, and the amazing works he has already performed for the greater good of the people. When I read that Bud had been chosen to be a liaison between people of color in this community and the Rochester Police Department I knew this was a huge deal for all of us fighting for social change!
In May of 2020, when George Floyd cried out, 'MAMA!' and 'I CAN'T BREATHE!' whilst being 'detained' by police in Minneapolis, our community became more conscious of the racial divide that is literally killing people of color living amongst us. George Floyd's cries for his mama were heard around the world and an understanding was awoken in the people who never seemed to understand racial disparity. As a community we have a huge responsibility to answer that cry and to protect the next generation from not being able to breathe! We have a lot of social change that needs to take place and at the forefront of the issues is our ability to be protected and served by our law enforcement not persecuted and oppressed.
I am raising my children in this community and I personally cannot protect them from the issues that are so much bigger than my reach and that can be terrifying. They are young now but these issues impact everyone around them. I personally find comfort in and am proud to hear a man of good character and family values has made himself available to stand as a go-between for the people and RPD. We still have a long way to go and Bud has proven to be a man worthy of leading this aspect of the journey."
Natalie Quandt, Social Work Intern, Rochester
"I very much like the idea of having a community liaison that serves as a go-between the Rochester African-American community and the Rochester Police Department. It is necessary to have a community liaison to make things better for everyone in our community. Most importantly, having a community liaison would bring the Rochester African-American community and the Rochester Police Department together by sharing ideas and information needed to move forward, build trust, and form positive relationships, something long overdue in Rochester. Equally important is having someone like Bud Whitehorn be a community liaison that knows and understands both sides."