Police in Ferguson, Missouri, need all the help they can get.
Unfairly branded racists, those officers still have a duty to protect and to serve even the people who hate them. They need support from law-abiding Americans across the country, and prayers. Billy Graham’s Rapid Response Team went to Ferguson to provide both. An excerpt from Religion News Service:
“The police force needed chaplains after the shooting, and we’ve also been serving the protesters,” said Al New, manager of the team’s U.S. deployments, who drove the truck.
On Sunday, when officials announced a suspect had been arrested in the shooting of the police officers, shouting and shoving broke out among scores of protesters outside Ferguson’s police station.
Soon, uniformed Graham chaplains emerged from the mobile conference room parked across the street, talking people down and even dragging a woman by the wrist from an angry crowd.
Over the course of the day, the chaplains invited people into the truck, offering snacks and prayer.
Graham set up the team after the September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorist attacks.