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Kings center DeMarcus Cousins headlines conversation on positive relationships

Atlanta Hawks' Paul Millsap drives against Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins during the first period on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Ga.
Atlanta Hawks' Paul Millsap drives against Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins during the first period on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Ga. TNS

Sacramento Kings All-star center DeMarcus Cousins knows a thing or two about trying to get along with authority figures. He’s the headliner as a cadre of Kings players join community leaders, law enforcement leaders and high school students for a town hall meeting Monday on creating positive relationships.

The event takes place Monday, Nov. 7 at Bayside Church’s midtown campus, 2225 19th Street.

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Joining Cousins, who led the NBA in technical fouls last season, are teammates Matt Barnes, Rudy Gay and Garrett Temple. The facilitated youth town hall meeting will focus on “how to create positive relationships within their community.” The event is closed to the press and public. It’s being billed as a “conversation about the challenges young adults face and our shared responsibility to create change.”

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The event comes as the Sacramento Police Department is facing pressure to be more transparent in the wake of several highly scrutinized officer involved shootings. Police Chief Sam Somers has already announced he will stepped down, but some community leaders are asking for more steps to be taken.

Law enforcement representatives participating are: Sacramento Police Deputy Chief Ken Bernard, Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Carton Davis, Roseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Undersheriff Erik Maness and NBA Security Representative Dwight Pruitt.

Community leaders expected to participate are longtime Grant High School football coach Mike Alberghini and Fortune School athletic director Derek Swafford.

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Ed Fletcher: 916-321-1269, @NewsFletch

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