INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)-In the face of recent violence, members of the Latino community showed up in full force to thank police for their service and sacrifices.
The prayer rally was called on by Latino pastors, chaplains and members of their congregations. They wanted to show Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and all law enforcement in the community they are supported and will to do what it takes to help protect them.
“I pray for public safety, for sheriff, chiefs, for lieutenants, for commanders, for officers. I pray Lord that you keep them in your hands,” said Chaplain Garrison Cardona of Crossroads Bible College.
Cardona organized the prayer rally outside Crossroads Bible College. He said it was time for members of the Latino community to come outside the church.
“We’ve got to show ourselves outside in the community. The church; It’s outside those four walls,” he said.
Some people held signs remembering IMPD Officers David Moore, Rod Bradway and Perry Renn. When they spoke, their message was the same: Peace in the streets.
“We want our city to be protected and we want our children and all the schools to be protected. What we say before is dangerous,” said Edgar Guerrero of Indianapolis.
After IMPD East District Commander James Waters told Cumberland Police Chief Michael Crooke about the event, Chief Crooke brought some of his own officers to participate.
“We all work closely together and just glad that he made us aware of this and to be able to come out and participate,” Chief Crooke said.
“The different languages and stuff and the way the community is really coming together really means a lot,” said IMPD Commander Randal Taylor.
Commander Taylor said this type of outreach is what brings our community together as one.
“I spoke with the Hispanic community on and off throughout my career, but this one was just different for me. It was so connected,” Commander Taylor said.
Cardona ended the prayer vigil thanking everyone who attended. He said they plan to host a dinner soon for IMPD officers so many in his congregation can get to know them.