Can healing circles help address police brutality?

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A social change advocacy group will host what they are calling "healing circles" Saturday night in six South Los Angeles parks parks.

The events are follow-ups to protests that occurred after the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, both of whom were shot by police officers earlier this year.

Sandra Hamada, with the Community Coalition, the group that's organizing the events, tells KPCC the goal is to bring together blacks and Latinos "to talk about what this means and how we can work together to heal, first, and then figure out how we can create stronger accountability for police brutality."

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The events also have another purpose — reclaiming public parks.

"There's very few public spaces where community can gather in a safe space," Hamada says. "We want to really be able to create positive space where people can gather and mourn."

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The discussions will happen tonight starting at 7 p.m. at various parks including St. Andrews, Algin Sutton, Van Ness, Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Owens and Green Meadows.

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