In Response to Officer Rosen’s Termination, Columbus Clergy Call For Accountability for Police Who Use Excessive Force 

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July 13, 2017

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In Response to Officer Rosen’s Termination, Columbus Clergy Call For Accountability for Police Who Use Excessive Force 

Columbus, Ohio -- On Thursday, July 13th, diverse faith and community leaders gathered in the rain near the Columbus Police Headquarters downtown to “Seek the Peace of the City” as referenced in Jeremiah 29:7.

They prayed for an end to senseless violence. The fifth African-American man in just over a year was recently killed by Columbus police and Columbus is on track to have its deadliest year since 1991. Faith leaders called for a reduction police violence, increased police accountability, and greater use of de-escalation and implicit bias training to make our city safer for everyone.

Watch video of the vigil here.

Rev. Emily Krause Corzine, First Congregational Church, Columbus, OH:

“We call on faith leaders leaders and faith communities in Columbus and the surrounding area to continue to pray for the peace of the city. We are strengthened when all come together for peace and for justice. Then we all live in fullness because we are created in the image of God.”

Pastor Richard Johnson, Sanctuary Columbus Church, Columbus, OH:

“Silence could be the greatest injustice. This is not a time to be silent. The most just act we can do together as a faith community is to speak for the humanity of every person. We are all created in the image of God. Let’s reflect that in what we say and what we do.”

Father Charles Wilson, St. Philip Episcopal Church, Columbus, OH:

“As we’re out here in the rain seeking the peace of the city, we call on those in authority to seek to see the city as a whole and not several pieces to be managed or manipulated or to build up one against another. But they need to work for the common good of the whole community.”

Rev. Dr. John Wallace, Church of the Saviour UMC, Westerville, OH:

“We need to figure out other solutions. I don’t know why violence is the first step when there’s a situation like this. We need other ways to de-escalate. We see people getting killed as a result of a misunderstanding. Misunderstandings should not result in death.”

Horsed Nooh, Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center, Columbus, OH:

“Kareem Jones was a father and a community member. I can only imagine as a father myself if that had happened to me and my family. As a faith leader, the concept of ‘loving your neighbor’ is deeply rooted in my tradition. Today I came to the ‘Seek the Peace of the City’ vigil to express my concern over this never ending cycle of violence. We pray for peace. And we call for our law enforcement and first responders to do more training so that this kind of tragedy never happens again.”

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