'We need to unite'
Michael Brown is ready to take to the streets again.
Last Wednesday, Brown and a group of others were out in Rising Sun praying, walking, and praying again. Tuesday, July 26, the prayer walkers met at the Perryville Fire Company at 6 p.m. to begin the group walk.
Lori Norris of Calvert brought three of her children out for the prayer walk. "It's important to be part of your community and know what's going on," said Norris, who also said it's important to pray for the police.
Cindy Dollenger is Norris' mother. She was leading a group of prayer walkers. "This country is in a real big mess right now. We need to unite. We've got to take our part and let our voice be heard. I appreciate every officer who risks his life so we can live in safety. I appreciate that," said Dollenger. She also said she typically leads a Bible study group Wednesday nights. They gave up the study group for the night to pray in Rising Sun.
Dollenger said that from what she saw during the prayer walk on various streets in town, it was well received. "Some people thought it was an impromptu parade. We got some thumbs up," she said. "I'm hoping we go to do this in lots of towns. Prayer changes things."
Rising Sun police chief Chip Peterson invited North East police chief Darrell Hamilton to the prayer walk. "They are praying for me. That's why I'm here. It's an honor to be here," said Chief Hamilton.
Rising Sun police officers and an Elkton police officer also attended.
Brown, who attends Way of Life Community Church, spearheaded the walk. He said God laid it upon him to organize it. Multiple churches participated.
Brown said his goal is to pray in all the municipalities with their own police forces and then go to the Cecil Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police barracks. "If we need to pray multiple times, we will," said Brown.
The group prayed for unity, the police families, and the children of police.
Chief Peterson expressed gratitude for the prayers. He said police officers are asking for the "right words and the right actions." "I'm glad you are all here. We don't know how to react to this. We're not used to this and we're learning how to deal with kindness...we've got a long row to hoe."
"I want Rising Sun to be a shining example that we support our officers. Blue lives matter and we have your back," said Mayor Travis Marion.
Following the prayer walk, Rising Sun also lit its town hall in blue lights.
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