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Local leaders speak on Dallas shootings

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Thousands of miles away, people here in our area are feeling the impact of the Dallas shooting. Local leaders say it's something they hope is never repeated.

The message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is even stronger today. Paducah's NAACP president, J.W. Cleary, says to improve race relations, the dialogue needs to continue to stay open. “Law enforcement, we got to learn to work together," he says.

But when it comes to violence, Cleary echoes and preaches the same message as King: “Love each other, not go with any type of hatred whatsoever.”

Local law enforcement held a moment of silence and prayer on Friday in remembrance of the victims in Dallas. McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden warns against stereotyping. Hayden says what happens thousands of miles away doesn't have to happen here at home.

“Don’t take those frustrations out on your local law enforcement. They weren't there,” says Hayden.

Despite the dangerous nature of the job, Hayden reminds his staff why they do what they do. “We're here to protect the public," he says. "We're here to serve the public. We're here to protect people's freedoms.”

Both leaders echo the same sentiment: “Hatred is not the answer. Prejudice and hatred is not the answer.”

Hayden says if you do have any problem with a deputy or officer, go speak with their law enforcement office. He says everybody answers to somebody, and more often than not, the office is going to be happy to hear from citizens.

Ballard County leaders will hold a prayer vigil at the La Center City Park Saturday, July 9, at 7 p.m.  

Paducah leaders will hold a prayer vigil Sunday, July 10, at Washington Street Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

If you want to donate to help victims, AT&T wireless customers can text "Dallas Strong" to 50555 to donate $10 to the United Way of Metro Dallas' fund. AT&T says the donation will appear on your next bill.

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