In Greenwich, Dallas doctor leads talk on race relations

GREENWICH — A small group of town residents gathered to ask Dallas trauma surgeon Dr. Brian H. Williams tough questions about interracial relations at the Nantucket Project house.

Williams treated three of the five police officers who later died after a gunman ambushed law enforcement in Dallas in July 2016. He brought his experience as a black man and a doctor who supports law enforcement to the national discussion about police brutality after his comments in a CNN press conference after the Dallas shootings went viral.

Now, he applies the Hippocratic oath he took to heal the sick to a different illness: police violence in minority communities.

The intimate Q&A held Tuesday night was an episode of “the neighborhood project:” an effort by the Nantucket Project organization, which hosts an annual conference of ideas, to localize national discussions through special programming at its satellite locations.

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