Black Churches Across America Offer Up Special Prayers for Black Men Killed by Police

Black Churches Across America Offer Up Special Prayers for Black Men Killed by Police
A protester holds up Garner’s photo while walking on the West Side Highway December 3, 2014 in New York. Protests began after a Grand Jury decided to not indict officer Daniel Pantaleo. Eric Garner died after being put in a chokehold by Pantaleo on July 17, 2014. Pantaleo had suspected Garner of selling untaxed cigarettes. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

Congregants in African-American churches nationwide have worn black to services and said special prayers to draw attention to fatal police shootings of unarmed black men.

Church leaders organized “Black Lives Matter” on Sunday in response to the police slayings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York. Several historically black churches, including Church of God in Christ and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, led the effort.

Several pastors prayed over the men in attendance. Others prayed for police to do their jobs with integrity. Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House Church in Dallas said in a sermon that black men shouldn’t be “tried on the sidewalk.”

The day of prayer came a day after demonstrations nationwide pressed for changes to the criminal justice system.

Source: The AP / CBS

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