A new group in Euclid said they won't wait for the next tragedy to happen in order to do something.
"Black moms and dads, we all get this fear after school, our kids have to make it from one place to home,” one resident shared. "I'm literally on edge until they get home."
It's real life for some people who live in Euclid, a fear of police that impacts the way they live.
Community activists are calling it a pattern, with names like Lamar Wright, Luke Stewart, Sean George and Richard Hubbard hitting home for so many; those incidents that might have ended peacefully, but ended violently.
Dr. Richard Montgomery, a community activist, is trying to translate the concerns into action by reaching those who are affected or worry they might be targeted in the future.
Thursday night was the first Euclid Community Action Team meeting to get insight, answer tough questions and get to the root of how to change the system.
"When does anybody sit down and realistically say 'this doesn't make sense?'" Mario Darby, Luke Stewart's cousin, asked.
The panel members consisted of people from different walks of life: Black Lives Matter activist, civil rights activists, Euclid residents and concerned citizens.
"It takes a pretty much a lifetime to change a mindset,” Cassandra McDonald, civil rights activist and panelist, said. “Before they were police officers, they were raised in a home, how that home raised them is how they're going to be with that uniform on."
But the invitation stopped short of the people who were in question: the police.
"How can we resolve a situation that is there without the party that's involved, which would be a member of the police department?" Victor Goodman, resident, asked.
The answer, Dr. Montgomery said, is part of the issue that contributes to the fear.
“There are people who don't feel comfortable having those initial conversations with police,” Dr. Montgomery said.
Eventually, the group does plan to include the police and city officials, some of which were invited to the inaugural meeting but didn't show up.
The next scheduled meetings are planned for January 30, February 27, March 27 and April 24 at the Euclid Public Library.
Topics will vary from education to youth recreation and housing.