Church congregations, communities in Sacramento region pray for end of violence


H FAITH. MIKE: WE ARE EXPECTING SOME 2000 FOLKS HERE THAT ARE PART OF A HEALING SERVICE HERE AT THE BAYSIDE CHURCH. THEY ARE HONORING THE FIVE POLICE OFFICERS WHO WERE SLAIN IN DALLAS, ALONG WITH THE TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN WHO WERE GUNNED DOWN BY POLICE. THERE IS A LOT OF HER AND HEALING THAT HAS TO BE DONE AT THIS CONGREGATION AND MANY OTHERS WHERE PEOPLE ARE NOW STARTING TO TURN TO PRAYER. ♪ MIKE: INSIDE THE CENTER OF PRAISE MINISTRIES TODAY, A MUSICAL MESSAGE OF HEALING, EMBRACED BY A CONGREGATION HOLDING HANDS. MANY HEARTS ARE BROKEN HERE BY WAVE OF VIOLENCE.>>IN ORDER TO STAY SAFE AS AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN, I HAVE TO BE EXTRA VIGILANT, AND UNFORTUNATELY, WHEN IT COMES TO WHITE OFFICERS. MIKE: TO FATAL POLICE SHOOTINGS THIS PAST WEEK INVOLVING AFRICAN-AMERICANS HAS CAUSED TENSIONS AND FEARS TO RISE.>>I WAS PULLED OVER ON FRIDAY NIGHT. REALLY FOR NO REASON. MIKE A WOMAN SAYS SHE WAS PULLED OVER FOR NOT HAVING A LIGHT OVER LICENSE PLATE NUMBER BUT SHE WONDERS IF THERE WAS ANOTHER REASON.>>DID HE PROBABLY OVER BECAUSE I WAS A BLACK WOMAN? MIKE: TOUGH QUESTIONS FOR POLICE, BUT TODAY THEY WERE INVITED TO THIS FORM TO SHOW HOW THEY ARE RESPONDING TO COMMUNITY CONCERN.>>WE’RE DOING PROCEDURAL JUSTICE TRAINING AND IMPLICIT BIAS, WORKING ON COMMUNICATION SKILLS WITH OUR OFFICERS. MIKE: WHEN IT COMES TO DIVERSITY ON THE FORCE, THE SACRAMENTO POLICE ARE IMPROVING.>>OUR CLASS THAT STARTED LAST WEEK’S 43% DIVERSE. IT CANNOT BE SOLVED OVERNIGHT. MIKE: THE DIALOGUE ON DIVERSITY AND MUTUAL RESPECT RESONATED WITH CONGREGANTS TODAY.>>DO NOT START WITH THE NEGATIVE PART, START WITH THE GOOD PART. MOST PEOPLE ARE CORDIAL. MOST PEOPLE, IF YOU RESPECT THEM, THEY WILL RESPECT YOU. MIKE: TODAY’S SERVICE, AN IMPORTANT STEP BETWEEN BUILDING TRUST BETWEEN POLICE AND THE COMMUNITY THEY SERVE.>>IS A GOOD IDEA TO DEVELOP A RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR POLICE OFFICERS. MIKE: BACK HERE LIVE AT BAYSIDE CHURCH WHERE THAT HEALING SERVICE WILL LAST ABOUT ANOTHER HOUR OR SO. PEOPLE HERE ARE FINDING THE POWER OF THEIR HELPFUL.

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