Pastors want Memphis protestors to set example

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A group of pastors wants Memphis to be the example when it comes to reacting to the grand jury's decision in Ferguson. So far, all protests in this city have been peaceful, and they're doing their part to keep it that way.

The pastors say regardless of how you feel about the grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown, you should agree with their message of showing love and peace and not hate.

"Let's be an example here in Memphis, Tennessee, to the nation," Pastor Rolando Rostro of Iglesias Nueva Vida said.

Rostro and members of this group of Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches of North America were in the middle of a big prayer meeting that included blacks, whites, and Latinos when the grand jury's decision was announced. That decision led to chaos and violence in Ferguson and some other cities, but not Memphis. They want Memphis to keep it that way.

Rostro said, "The protest and the people coming together in the streets is fine but let's have an orderly way of doing this."

The group isn't just calling for peace; they also want to tackle the big issues like race.

One minister said, "I was raised in an atmosphere that was culturally bound up in racism, when I met Christ, when I truly became born again and yielded to him a life-changing experience came."

In 2015, the group has a plan to change more hearts. It includes starting mentoring programs to teach accepting cultural differences and reaching out to those young people at risk.

"One of those organizations is called family matters. Family maters is an organization that tackles the problems of families," Pastor Aaron Campbell of Rising Sun Outreach Ministry said.

This group is also involved with the police department. They say Police Director Toney Armstrong called on them for their prayer and support as he prepared his security plan to handle any protest over the Ferguson decision.


  • Paul Fischer

    Thank you pastors for siding against law enforcement and not condemning the criminal actions of mb. No person deserves to be physically assaulted for doing their job, and after being attacked numerous times by blacks for doing mine, I am very grateful that there are police officers willing to go in harms way to protect the community.

  • Sadfortheworld

    Did anyone protest about the white young man who was enrolled in West Point who was shot by a black officer just because he pulled his cell phone from his pocket to call his Dad? No, and he was an outstanding citizen. I’m sick of this garbage. It’s not about race. It’s about the on going low hiring standards of police officers, and the training programs created after 9/11 focused on killing civilians.

    How about the latest story of the 12-year old boy who was shot by a police officer because his air-gun looked like the real deal? I would sooner take a bullet from a 12-year to disarm him instead of shooting him. But, these new police officers are so cowardly and don’t hesitate to squeeze the trigger, and they intentially hire these types of people.

    The cop in the MB case could have easily wounded his attacker instead of shooting wildly in a panic. Was it justified in the MB situation, yes, but there is always another way. You have to WANT to find it—these new cops just don’t want to do that or care too. If any police officers read this, keep that thought in your mind next time you are faced in a similar situation.

    • Paul

      Have you ever been attacked by a 12 year old for doing your job? I have and the parents only made excuses for his behavior. A 12 year old can kill you with a gun just as easily as an 18 year old or a 47 year old can.

      • Sadfortheworlf

        If you’re telling me that you wouldn’t take a bullet and die for a 12-year old, or you would pick their life over yours you are seriously screwed up and selfish human being. That’s the problem today. Selflessness is going extinct.

      • Ingrid

        Paul, if you are a police officer I am seriously appalled. Sad is right, what makes your life more important than a child’s? I would rather die than shoot a child too. You police officers are all arrogant crazies. Being selfless is the very core of your job and you’ve all abandoned it. It’s disgusting!

      • Paul Fischer

        Thank God I am no longer working as a school teacher, or in the mental health field where getting attacked was a regular part of the job. The only child I am willing to die for are my children or to save the life of their friends. If a child pulls a gun, threatens me or my family, then I will do what I have been trained to do. In the end, I have just as much of a right to live my life in peace while obeying the law, return home to my family at the end of my work shift and the like. No one, not even a 12 year old with a gun has the right to take this away from me or my family.

    • Ronny Jant

      “The cop in the MB case could have easily wounded his attacker”… Um, Sad? Micheal Brown was ‘wounded’ about 9 times before he stopped advancing on Darren Wilson.

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