Chill 4 Change
Excuse Me Officer, or as the internet has nicknamed them #XMO, is a digit accountability platform that monitors police interactions in Chicago. On Saturday, August 27th, they launched their beta site while hosting a ‘Chill 4 Change’ block party event. This event served as an opportunity for Police Officers and residents in the West Side community to gather and mingle, exposing both to a more casual encounter.
The block party, located on Oakley Street between Jackson Blvd and Adams St, was a free family friendly event. Games, Music, Food trucks and the most delicious pastries were there for all to enjoy. #XMO reached deep in their event planning books to be able to bring back the nostalgic, communal feeling of a Block Party.
Channing Harris, the founder of XMO, said “Block parties were the feel good moments in our childhood before Chicago made this violent turn. Our team wanted to bring back the image of fun in the streets. Why not invite Police Officers to join?” Channing and his team has been quite vocal about the need to mend the relationship with the Officers in the city, but says we can only do that if the Police Department is willing to hold those who plague the department accountable for their actions.
It goes without saying, the tension between the public and law enforcement is at an all-time high and Excuse Me Officer seems to have a great plan for helping fix that nationwide issue.
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