Law enforcement humbled by ‘Blue Sunday’

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Sunday morning, churchgoers in Raleigh dressed in blue and prayed over law enforcement.

Greater Imani Church dubbed the day "Blue Sunday."

The purpose was to honor those who protect and serve and unite the city.

"It's important police know we really do appreciate them. We know the job is tough. We know their problems. We recognize that," said Pastor Bill Adkins. "There are people out there that really, truly appreciate what they do. In spite of the problems we know may exist that we want to solve, we still want to say thank you."

MPD, Shelby County deputies, Tennessee Highway Patrol officers and federal agents all came out and were humbled by the support.

"I'm rarely speechless, but I'm speechless right now," said Interim MPD Director Michael Rallings.

The month of July has been one of the deadliest months for law enforcement.

It's forced MPD to operate at a level three, meaning officers don't get days off, so they can increase police presence across the city.

"It's a difficult time in the United States right now, but we are going to remain vigilant and stay on guard as long as we have to to make sure our citizens are safe and that our officers are safe," said Rallings.

He said Blue Sunday meant a lot. The prayers and support go a long way.

"We thank the rest of Memphis that is wearing blue and supporting law enforcement and praying for us every day. We appreciate it," he said.

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