Not everyone is turning their backs on the Mayor of NYC, Bill de Blasio. A group of black clergy are organizing an interfaith prayer vigil outside City Hall Tuesday to stand with the Mayor as he faces criticism and downright open disrespect from the NYPD and police unions. The group of clergy plan to pray for God to grant de Blasio strength, courage and wisdom as he weathers the senseless NYPD storm.
The vigil follows in the wake of more than a month of childish protests from the NYPD in response to de Blasio merely voicing understanding and empathy to demonstrators fed up with police violence, abuse and outright murder. It will be led by soon to be 84-year-old Rev. Herbert Daughtry from Brooklyn’s House of the Lord Pentecostal Church.
According to Daughtry, allies to the Mayor including Bishop Orlando Findlayter and Rev. Al Sharpton will be present at the vigil.
Daughtry made an appearance Saturday at Sharpton’s National Action Network headquarters and stated:
We’re praying for the mayor and his family that God will give him the strength, the wisdom, the perseverance, the courage that he might lead the city into a new day of peace, justice, good will and prosperity. We all know that he’s under severe criticism, particularly from the police, but not only the police.
Of course, most readers know that hundreds of police officers have been up in arms over the mayor’s comments that he’s coached his biracial son how to behave around, and survive encounters with the police. Not long ago, a pledge was circulated by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president, Patrick Lynch, stating that those who signed wished to have the Mayor abstain from attending their funerals should they be killed in the line of duty. Soon enough, unfortunately, two officers were gunned down by a man who claimed on social media that his actions were in retaliation for the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Police officers then turned their backs on the Mayor at both funerals of the slain officers, showing just how petty and juvenile they can be.
In the meantime, police have also shown their over-importance in civilian life by committing to a work slowdown that has yet to result in the city collapsing in on itself. Prior to that, Lynch also publicly claimed that de Blasio had blood on his hands for not being more supportive of the police and showing sympathy to demonstrators.
Daughtry stated in regard to Lynch’s absurd statement:
It’s the reason that we all need prayer.
However, Daughtry insists the vigil is not anti-police, and that he wishes it to help New Yorkers rise above the feud that has developed. He said:
We’re trying to get above that.
In an attempt to demonstrate healing and a respect for all life lost since Brown’s murder last August in Ferguson, Mo., but especially those lost around the greater New York City area, Rev. Sharpton has put together his own itinerary for MLK Day this Jan. 19. He will kick off his action by laying a wreath where officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were recently killed in Brooklyn. Then he will make his way to the housing project in Brooklyn where Akai Gurley was gunned down by police in a stair well, where he will hold a vigil, followed by a short service at the Staten Island sidewalk where Eric Garner was choked to death.
All in all, local NYC clergy are looking to honor the dead, support the Mayor’s just stance, and help New Yorkers come together for a brighter future and heal through the vehicle of community, love, and prayer.