Jul 15, 2016
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A Richmond restaurateur set aside her own personal tragedy to help foster better understanding between police and the local community, providing a special luncheon Thursday for officers and residents.

As reported by KTVU News, the show of appreciation began at Salute e Vita Ristorante at the Richmond Marina, where owner Menbere Akilu and her staff displayed signs of support — and prepared a delicious spread of food — for local officers. Then, joined by some family members and other Richmond residents, the sign-carrying contingent marched in unison to the Richmond Police Station for a group lunch.

Akilu’s mother was shot and killed by a police sergeant many years ago in her native Ethiopia. But she sees her efforts to unite the community to be part of an ongoing healing process, and Richmond police were grateful.

“I want to recognize and appreciate Menbere from Salute for pulling this together,” said Richmond Police Chief Allwyn Brown at the luncheon. “We’re really deeply appreciating it,”

The RPD also posted their gratitude on their official Facebook page, along with a video of the march and meal.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.