Community members use prayer to raise awareness about police brutality

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) – The news of George Floyd’s death sent the nation into action. While parts of the country lifted their voices in protest, Donna Ricard lifted hers in prayer

“When mister Floyd died, I said I have to do something and I don’t know what to do but I can’t not do something,” Ricard says.

What Ricard did do was organize. She put the pain she felt for the men and women who died at the hands of law enforcement and channeled it into something she could use So she organized a makeshift vigil of people to listen to bible verses and hope for a united tomorrow.

Scenes like this one are a familiar image for baton rouge police chief murphy paul. He saw the same pain in 2016, and now he says it’s his job along with the rest of the community to join together and bring awareness to the differences that divide us and the similarities that bring us together.

“When incidents happen anywhere in America,” Paul says. “It makes it’s way to our front door, the front doors of every police department and we have to address it.”

His ideas were mirrored by the rest of the people here today, like Connie Oakley.


“Life is hard enough without all this hatred. People don’t need to be afraid walking down the street.”

Ricard and her prayer vigil don’t expect to fix the problem in one day, but she doens hope that it brought some awareness and some peace to those with hurting hearts.

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