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WICHITA, Kan. – A Black Lives Matter protest turned into a community cookout hosted by three law enforcement agencies in one Kansas town.

About 1,000 people showed up to the Wichita First Step Cookout Sunday.

The Wichita Police Department shared photos of the cookout to their Facebook page, saying the event encouraged constructive conversations between law enforcement officials and the citizens they swore to protect.

According to KFDI, Wichita police chief Gordon Ramsay said the event was a much more positive way for police and activists to interact, rather than meeting in a protest line.

The Wichita Police Department bought burgers and served food. They also held a question and answer session with citizens at the cookout.

“Especially after what happened in Baton Rouge today, just makes it all the more painful. But I just feel very proud of my city that there’s so many people here,” one resident told KWCH.