Baltimore Pastor: Residents Want a Strong Police Force
The pastor of a Baltimore church is calling for police to face a massive spike in violence.
Dr. Lisa Weah is the pastor of New Bethlehem Baptist Church, which is in one of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods. She told Greta Van Susteren tonight the city has seen a "definite decrease" in law enforcement presence over the last few weeks.
"We definitely need a strong [police] presence in our city, especially in times of unrest like right now," Weah stated.
She explained there has been a breakdown in the relationship between police officers and the community.
"If we are going to have a strong community, then every aspect of the community must be working together," Weah said. "We have to repair this relationship and get our officers back in place so that we can have a community where everyone ... feels safe and secure."
Weah told Van Susteren it's "unacceptable" that at least 22 young people have died this year alone.
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