Police Officers Across America Kneel in Solidarity and Pray With Protesters After Death of George Floyd

New York City police officers join Pastor Garelle K. Solomon (Purple Scarf) and The Excelling Church in protest on May 31, 2020. | Photo: Dr. Te Bassett

Police and sheriff’s officials across the country kneeled in solidarity with protesters last weekend as thousands of demonstrators across the United States took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, who died in the custody of Minneapolis police on Memorial Day.

Although scenes of violent riots and looting have permeated cities throughout America, the last few days have also united people together in prayer and peace.

Days after the death of Floyd, Art Acevedo, the police chief in Floyd’s hometown of Houston, Texas, said what Floyd went through should be “condemned by all in law enforcement and our extended community.”

“His death serves as a stark reminder that when bad policing happens, it disproportionately impacts communities of color and poor communities,” Acevedo wrote on Twitter.

On Saturday, police chiefs across Miami-Dade County in Florida knelt in prayer with protesters in Coral Gables, Florida, near Miami.

“This was a good first step in the right direction. It was a touching moment,” a spokesman for Miami-Dade police told NBC Miami.

Pastor Joanne Hoehne of The Source Church wrote on Facebook that “police officers knelt and confessed they needed to do better.” According to Hoehne, “people began crying and praying together.”

In New York City, just hours after violent protests led to hundreds of arrests, city police officers joined a church in Queens and demonstrators in Manhattan by taking a knee beside protesters on Sunday.

Videos posted online show NYPD officers, including white-shirt officers, kneeling in the streets of Jamaica, Queens as members of The Excelling Church prayed and held a moment of silence.

The cops bowed their heads and joined in on a reading of the names of black men and women who have died at the hands of police.

Pastor of The Excelling Church Garelle K. Solomon, who led the protest with the hashtag “#codeblack,” told his congregants they needed to take to the streets and “put our faith into action” as they “peacefully make our voices heard!”

“The solitary knee of a police officer in America is a sign of hope in America,” Solomon told The Christian Post on Monday. “God is still able!”

Protesters were also seen shaking hands and hugging the officers.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law