CINCINNATI, Ohio — Hundreds gathered at Washington Park Sunday afternoon for a protest and prayer with Mosiac Cincinnati—a group of pastors from across the city.

“Here is one of the opportunities for us to come across denominations, across ethnic backgrounds, and come out to pray, protest and lament the challenges that we’re facing to show that we are a part of the solution, as well,” said Sherman Bradley, Warehouse Church co-pastor.

What You Need To Know

  • Cincinnati pastors organized a protest and prayer

  • Pastors believe prayer is one of the solutions to racism and injustice

  • Cincinnati Police officer calls for more diversity within the department to bridge gap between law enforcement and the community

Throughout the afternoon pastors shared their perspective on the racial injustice in the country. And not only did they talk about these issues, but they prayed about them as well.

“We know that that gives us empowerment to then act out the process and in the meantime, until we see with our naked eyes, what we believe spiritually is coming to pass and that’s righteousness and justice represented in the nation for all people, no matter who you are or where you come from,” said Bradley.

Protestor Randall Bradley agrees that prayer can make a huge difference when it comes to racial injustice.

“There’s power in numbers and that’s in every aspect,” said Bradley. “So if you can get one person praying, bazinga. If you get multiple people, that’s power in that.”

Bradley says he’s grateful to have a platform like this to spread the message of unity and godly love.

“God is blessing everybody at this point and time because the people who that are out here are passionate about what they’re doing,” said Bradley. “And this is my first opportunity and I’m so passionate about it.”

Bradley isn’t the only one hoping for change. Cincinnati police officer and faith-based community liaison officer Louis Arnold says he would like to bridge the gap between police and the community.

“I hope that, number one, that me standing up there today, that they saw someone who was sincere,” said Arnold. “To see that they can see beyond the uniform, that they can see the man, they can see the father, the husband and the brother and the citizen who wants to bring change to the city of Cincinnati.”

Creating a more diversified police department is one of the ways he says can bridge that gap.

“We just don’t have enough applying and he only way you can bring about change, you bring about it from exterior and interior. So with the outside pressure for change with those working inside working for change can bring change, so t’s important that we get more African Americans applying for the position of police officer.”