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Black, White Police Officers Join Hands In Prayer In Dallas

Police and community members came together for a multicultural prayer vigil in Dallas on Sunday.

After a tragic and deadly week, many Americans found themselves at church searching for answers.

Anger over police brutality redoubled last week after officers fatally shot two black men ― Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Protests and demonstrations cropped up throughout the week, and on Thursday night, a sniper opened fire on a peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas, killing five police officers

“From Minnesota to Louisiana and Texas, one nation under God examines its soul,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan during a Mass on Sunday in New York. “Sadness and heaviness is especially present in our African-American and law enforcement communities.

In Dallas, where police and community members mourned the deaths from Thursday’s shooting, a multicultural prayer vigil aimed to bridge the divide.

Police officers from area departments in and around Dallas pray with Carl Sherman, a pastor and former mayor of DeSoto, Texas
Police officers from area departments in and around Dallas pray with Carl Sherman, a pastor and former mayor of DeSoto, Texas, at a multicultural prayer vigil on July 10, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.

“There is a repentance that has to happen in this nation,” said Carl Sherman, a pastor and former mayor of DeSoto, Texas, during the vigil on Sunday. The event was organized by Dallas Area Interfaith, a network of religious and civic organizations, and held at Southern Hills Church of Christ in Dallas.

“Building trust is how we are going to get better policing,” Josephine Lopez Paul, an organizer for Dallas Area Interfaith, said at the vigil.

Roughly a dozen law enforcement officers and at least 100 other members of the community filled the middle pews at the service, which found black and white officers standing hand in hand in prayer.

“You must trust me,” Blaise Mikulewicz, Dallas County Sheriff Assistant Chief Deputy, told the congregation. “Those barriers [of race] have to come down.”

Scroll down to see photos of Sunday’s multicultural prayer vigil in Dallas:

  • Sunday's service was organized by Dallas Area Interfaith, a multicultural partnership of civic institutions, and he
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    Sunday's service was organized by Dallas Area Interfaith, a multicultural partnership of civic institutions, and held at Southern Hills Church of Christ in Dallas, Texas.
  • Roughly a dozen law enforcement officers filled the middle pews at Sunday's multicultural prayer vigil in Dallas.
    Spencer Platt via Getty Images
    Roughly a dozen law enforcement officers filled the middle pews at Sunday's multicultural prayer vigil in Dallas.
  • At least 100&nbsp;people attended the vigil, according to <a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/headlines/20160710-so
    Spencer Platt via Getty Images
    At least 100 people attended the vigil, according to The Dallas Morning News.
  • Another multicultural prayer vigil is planned for July 21 at Cedar Crest Church of Christ in&nbsp;south Dallas, according to
    Spencer Platt via Getty Images
    Another multicultural prayer vigil is planned for July 21 at Cedar Crest Church of Christ in south Dallas, according to The Dallas Morning News.
  • Five Dallas police officers were killed and seven other people were injured last Thursday night in an evening attack&nbsp;dur
    Spencer Platt via Getty Images
    Five Dallas police officers were killed and seven other people were injured last Thursday night in an evening attack during a peaceful march against recent police involved shootings.
  • Thursday night's shooting was reportedly the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11.
    Spencer Platt via Getty Images
    Thursday night's shooting was reportedly the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11.
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