Champaign reverend urges more civil dialogue in Calvin Miller talks
A Champaign religious leader and former head of the Champaign County NAACP is speaking out about the Calvin Miller arrest.
The Rev. Jerome Chambers said the police car video released Monday shows that Miller made the wrong decision when he ran from police, and that his father, Martel Miller, knows his son made a big mistake.
Chambers said the black community in Champaign is not making any progress in relations with the police department by verbally attacking officers over incidents like this one.
At the same time, Chambers said, police officers need to make an effort to improve community relations as well.
Chambers said that if the black community in Champaign wants to present a united front, it needs to find an good spokesman.
He said Martel Miller has not adequately filled that role, saying that Miller speaks for himself and not the black community.
Chambers made the comments Tuesday morning on "A Penny For Your Thoughts" with Jim Turpin on NewsTalk 1400-WDWS AM.
Click here to listen to the entire Tuesday edition of "A Penny For Your Thoughts", which includes the full interview with Chambers.