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Pastors: 'We are plagued with these homicides'

Posted at 12:25 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 22:02:26-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- After a police shooting earlier this month, many Indianapolis faith-based leaders are forming a commission to try and strengthen the bonds between the police and the community. 

Called the Inter-denominational Pastor's Commission, hundreds of churches are expected to be involved, said Pastor Wayne Moore.

The community leaders held a press conference Monday morning to announce the suggestions they're making.

Tom Glenn of the Church of God in Christ Ministerial Alliance suggested body cameras for police, something that's been a point of a lot of discussion in Indiana.

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"For protection for those that have said they were law-abiding citizens, as well as our police officers who say they were in the restraints of their training and the law in apprehending and bringing those to justice," he said.

 Douglas Tate Jr. said the group is not adversarial to police -- that they're partners with police.

"Many of us have relatives that are police officers," he said. "However, because of the high rate of police shootings, we're advocating that there be a more aggressive training of officers in the area of implicit biases."

Rev. Charles Harrison suggested developing a policy for releasing video and audio in police shootings, similar to the ones in San Francisco and Seattle.

"Releasing unedited video and audio expeditiously to the community can replace speculation with hard evidence," he said.

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They also discussed the recent uptick in violence in the city, with six people dead since Friday.

"We are plagued with these homicides," Moore said. "We are affected by these homicides. We're not trying to put our eggs in one basket, we're concerned with everything that goes on in this community.'

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