Days earlier Amber Monroe, a transgender woman, was fatally shot while exiting a car on Woodward and Dakota St., across from the park.
While Police Chief James Craig told press the meeting had been planned prior to Monroe's death, many in the community, such as Julisa Abad, a trans advocate, were doubtful due to the lack of publicity.
Speaking to the positive changes she has witnessed since last year's chat she added, "I am not here to blow up and say, 'Oh the Detroit police are so awesome,' but they really are to be completely honest, and I'm very critical of police." Nearly one year ago — August 12, 2015 — Reyes and about 100 other people, including officials from the US Attorney's Office and the FBI, gathered in Palmer Park for for a community chat centered on "building trust" between the LGBTQ community and police.
The well-attended event, however, was markedly somber.
Reynolds was later arrested in a parking lot near 23 Mile and Gratiot in Chesterfield Township, officials said.
The relationship between the Detroit Police and the city’s LGBTQ community got stronger in the past year and this week each side will take an assessment of just how their ties can grow.
On Wednesday, the police department holds its second LGBTQ Community Chat in Palmer Park to get a progress report from the community and for the department to outline adjustments it has made based on feedback from the LGBTQ community.
Reynolds is on parole for a child pornography conviction in the state of Illinois.
Macomb County Sheriff's deputies arrested Reynolds on March 15 after detectives found child pornography on a computer at his home, the department said.