Yup, western suburb of cook county. We’ve had a few protests/marches, but thankfully they remained peaceful. We were all in the area near the protests to be (somewhat) prepared for the worst, but ultimately used a hands off approach with them. The organizers actually reached out to our department to facilitate things even though they have no obligation to do so. Our chiefs were at the protests and our chief actually spoke at one and we assisted with traffic control for the March. I think that approach really helped and hopefully helped bridge the gap with some of our residents. I had one person try to bait me into saying something stupid, but sometimes the best thing to say is nothing at all (and THANK GOD i was wearing a mask and sunglasses at the time so my facial expressions couldn’t be seen lol).
And yeah i did hear that heated conversation lol. And now she’s upset that he recorded that conversation?! Maybe don’t tell him he’s full of crap when he’s raising a legitimate concern. I don’t want to violate forum rules, so I’ll leave it at that.
As far as people just needing to vent, i got a (real) haircut for the first time last week. It felt so refreshing just to be able to talk to a total stranger. Not even talking about any of the serious, decisive topics; just small talk felt so good. These times are definitely making me appreciate the little things in life.