Recent police shootings catch attention of churches

When McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden graduated from the Police Academy in 1990, he said he couldn’t predict the increase in violence he’s seen in the 25 years since.

"If you’re in law enforcement, you’re on duty basically your whole career," Hayden said. 

He’s now telling his deputies to be more cautious when responding to emergencies. And for high priority calls, like armed robbery and domestic violence, its his department’s policy to ask for backup. Despite those safety precautions, Hayden said the risk is still too great.

"I think a lot of police officers, including some of ours, have actually stopped and thought, ‘Is this really what I want to do?’" he told Local 6.

The shootings are catching the attention of church leaders across the country. They are using this as an opportunity to incorporate tolerance in their sermons.

David Bayer is the pastor of Fulton Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He’s organizing a Friday morning prayer vigil for those who wear the uniform. He said it’s his church’s wish to ask for peace. "God directs us that we are to care for one another and that we are to be involved," Bayer said. 

He said Sunday’s sermon will focus on healing as the church finds a way to comfort those who took an oath and a bullet to protect all of us. "The church is a firm believer in prayer, and we want to be sure these people are covered," he said.

There will be a prayer vigil at the Fulton, Kentucky, Police Department and South Fulton, Tennessee, City Hall Friday at 11 a.m. Lyon County is also holding two prayer vigils Friday. They are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Veterans Plaza in front of the Judicial Building in Eddyville.

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