Reverend Dr. Patricia McAllister of Columbia's Mt. Zion AME Church
A peaceful prayer vigil organized by "Power Lancaster County" took place at 4 p.m. today in front of Columbia's police station and borough hall. Over 50 people attended, among them pastors, two school board members and a councilwoman. Some displayed signs remembering those who died at the hands of law enforcement. Pastors addressed the issues of social justice and racial inequality and led prayers.
At the direction of Reverend Dr. Patricia McAllister of Columbia's Mt. Zion AME Church, the group paused for 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence, the amount of time that Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin officer kept his knee on George Floyd's neck on May 25, ultimately killing Floyd, a 46-year-old black man.
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