Commonwealth Policy Center

Tensions are high between the black community and police in Louisville after protests over George Floyd’s death ended in violence, looting, and the death of David McAtee, a black man shot by police. Violence and looting is never the right response to injustice. It only makes matters worse. This is something that Louisville Pastor Kedrick Tembo understands. Tembo and members from his congregation met with police in downtown Louisville and prayed for them. They prayed for forgiveness for those who’ve been wronged, healing over their broken community, and police who are on the frontlines of public safety. Tembo joined us in discussion with other black pastors over racial reconciliation and justice and shared that many “many of the officers were in tears.” Prayer is nothing new. It’s been available to each of us for a long time, and its something our hurting communities need more than ever.