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Vernon city council approves structure of an all lives matter committee

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VERNON, TX (KAUZ) -

An "All Lives Matter" campaign is in the works for the city of Vernon.
This comes after city council approved the structure of a committee for community relations in reference to the group.
Norris Thomas, a local pastor at Wood Street Baptist Church, talked to council members about his idea months ago.
Within the last two weeks, he came before council wanting to move forward on structuring a committee.
    "Both sides can do better," Joe Rogers, Mayor of Vernon, said. "Our police department can be more sensitive to the issues that are out there, and on the other side, our citizens need to be sensitive to the police and the hard job they have to do."
This is part of the reason why Mayor Rogers believes an all lives matter committee is a good idea, even though he believes the town is in good shape.
    "I think we don't really have much of a problem in Vernon," Mayor Rogers said. "But we just want to ward anything off."
The committee would consist of eight citizens, two picked by each commissioner, the mayor, city manager as well as an official with the police department and school district.
Thomas believes it is important to stay ahead of everything happening in today's world.
    "It was a decision that was made based on the temperament of the nation," Thomas said. "And also based on some of the comments and things we were beginning to hear in our own neighborhood."
Thomas said the committee would discuss what was going on around town and come up with solutions for city council.
Overall, Norris is working so hard because he believes it is the right thing to do.
    "As a pastor, I believe there's no difference between a black and a white, a blue or a brown," Thomas said. "Jesus Christ died for all of us, and therefore, every life matters. Every life should be given the same consideration, whether it's due process or anything else."
Thomas stresses the importance of having the backing of all the elected officials.
He said it sends an even stronger message to the supporters and community.
Mayor Rogers said that the next step will be to fill all positions on that committee.
He also said this is something the community wants to happen, and it is the city's goal to look out for all citizens.

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