Local Clergy Discuss Crime Options

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A local group of pastors want to know how they could prevent similar situations, like the death of Logan Bell, from escalating, and would like special training from the Rockford Police department. That's one of the ideas mentioned during a special luncheon today at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. It was a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and mission. The group of about 60 says they want to work together to close what some call, a racial divide in our community. Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson and Mayor Larry Morrissey were today's guest speakers. The two talked about training pastors to deal with hostile situations in the Stateline,

When there are hostile situations, clergy can come in and try to give assistance to those situations so we can reduce shootings so we can reduce burglaries, parishioners can work with different people who are committing crimes,” said organizer Herbert Johnson.

I think there is unnecessary violence and I think it goes both ways, it isn't just crime related it goes both ways person on person, domestic violence all those expressions of anger and fear,” said Gary Schwerin with Bridge Ministries.

Clergy members say they want to work together to stop the violence.

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