Local pastor asks for unity amid outrage over George Floyd’s death

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Many are outraged around the nation the president of the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police among them.

“That is not something that law enforcement is taught,” AACOP president Bill Partridge said. “It’s not something that they’re taught to do at all. What they did was egregious. What we saw in Minnesota is absolutely disgusting.”

Rallies and protests around the nation have turned into violence and looting. In a time like this where many people are divided, a local pastor said everyone needs to come together to find a solution.

“Regardless of what position or what level you’re on,” Piney Grove Baptist Church Pastor Alfonso Neal said. “If you’re in leadership position, than we should all be saying the same thing and not one saying one thing and one kicking against the other but we should all be on the same page.”

A lot of anger has been directed toward law enforcement across the country. Neal said that police officers are human too, but they must be held accountable.

“We must hold one another accountable for his or her actions,” Neal said. “That’s just the bottom line. If you’re gonna wear the uniform, then you should be held accountable for what you do.”

Neal recognizes the anger and confusion over the situation and said there needs to be community.

“Every believer, every Christian out there,” Neal said. “Let us come together let us kneel down and pray. Let us cry out to God and let us ask him for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.”

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