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A scene from the civil unrest in Ferguson, MO. (Source: NBC News) A scene from the civil unrest in Ferguson, MO. (Source: NBC News)
Jibriyll Izsrael (Source: Cedra Mayfield, WAVE 3 News) Jibriyll Izsrael (Source: Cedra Mayfield, WAVE 3 News)
Dwight Mitchell (Source: Cedra Mayfield, WAVE 3 News) Dwight Mitchell (Source: Cedra Mayfield, WAVE 3 News)
A Stop the Violence rally in west Louisville on Aug. 24. (Source: WAVE 3 News) A Stop the Violence rally in west Louisville on Aug. 24. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - For weeks the nation has closely watched as chaos unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen who was killed by police. A local push is now underway to keep a similar incident from happening in Louisville.

"Louisville Voice is a community emergency response team," said Jibriyll Izsrael, a spokesperson for Louisville Voice. "What the organization has been established in order to effect is to basically prevent Louisville from becoming another Ferguson, Missouri; to establish avenues of communication."

In particular, Izsrael cited avenues of communication between the community and police. Following a Ferguson inspired "Stop the Violence" rally in west Louisville Sunday, local clergy sat down with Louisville Metro Police Department leaders.

"They were voicing some concerns obviously with things that happened in Ferguson," said Dwight Mitchell, spokesman for the Louisville Metro Police Department. "We're willing to work with anybody that's willing to work with us."

The outcome: a partnership that included transparent community training on LMPD protocol and decision making.

"How we handle things and why we do certain things procedural wise that the general public may not understand," detailed Mitchell.

"From firearms to the K-9 squad, to the SWAT team," began Izsrael, "every member of The Louisville Voice team will be trained."

In addition to the training, Izsrael announced Wednesday The Louisville Voice also offers a community hotline in the event police protocol is not followed.

"Call the hotline at 502-333-2504," said Izsrael. "We want to make sure nobody's rights are being infringed upon."

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