Cookout organized to promote dialogue between Wichita police, Black Lives Matter leaders

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WICHITA, Kan. — A Kansas police chief has received an invitation to the White House after hosting a cookout to promote dialogue between law enforcement and leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay was invited to the White House on Friday to discuss community policing. City spokesman Ken Evans says Ramsay had to decline because he’s serving as the justice of the peace at a wedding over the weekend, but that he’ll try to reschedule.

The invitation came after Ramsay met with local activist leaders about replacing another planned protest with a cookout that aimed to open a dialogue. Nearly 2,000 people attended Sunday’s event.

Videos of officers dancing with people at the cookout have been viewed tens of thousands of times.