Faith leaders call for change

Faith leaders call for change
Father Gerard Marable, pastor of St. Josephine Bakhita Parish, Camden, speaks at a rally calling for changes to urban policing during a “Camden Die In,” held Dec. 12 on the steps of Federal Court House in Camden. Organized by the local activist group Camden Churches Organized for People, the event, and others held in cities across the country, was a response to the controversial deaths of Eric Garner, who died in an apparent choke hold in Staten Island, N.Y., and Michael Brown, a man who was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. “We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Ferguson and Staten Island, in expressing our grief at the loss of life they have experienced and outrage at the lack of police accountability in these cases. We feel compelled to say ‘enough is enough,’” said the Rev. Heyward Wiggins, III. “It is time for federal authorities to take concrete steps to increase police accountability and transparency, and to stop the senseless militarizing of our police departments in communities of color. Our police officers need to see themselves as part of the communities they serve, not armies of occupation. Photo by Carl Peters

Father Gerard Marable, pastor of St. Josephine Bakhita Parish, Camden, speaks at a rally calling for changes to urban policing during a “Camden Die In,” held Dec. 12 on the steps of Federal Court House in Camden. Organized by the local activist group Camden Churches Organized for People, the event, and others held in cities across the country, was a response to the controversial deaths of Eric Garner, who died in an apparent choke hold in Staten Island, N.Y., and Michael Brown, a man who was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. “We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Ferguson and Staten Island, in expressing our grief at the loss of life they have experienced and outrage at the lack of police accountability in these cases. We feel compelled to say ‘enough is enough,’” said the Rev. Heyward Wiggins, III. “It is time for federal authorities to take concrete steps to increase police accountability and transparency, and to stop the senseless militarizing of our police departments in communities of color. Our police officers need to see themselves as part of the communities they serve, not armies of occupation.
Photo by Carl Peters

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