Faith leaders in dual roles guiding congregations and police

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Twin Cities faith leaders and police chaplains who minister to communities historically ravaged by racial injustice know their neighborhoods are also the most vulnerable to poverty and crime. Firm in their denunciation of brutality and racism, they are urging to “stay the course” in efforts to build bridges between law enforcement and the communities they police. Even as anger flares dangerously, they believe their role is to be a witness for hope: “We’re better together,” says a Baptist minister who serves as chaplain at one of the Minneapolis police precincts targeted by protestors.