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Leaders reject violence, promote unity at Bethel Missionary Church

Posted at 7:38 PM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 19:40:45-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A powerful prayer for unity wrapped up a morning focused on ending violence around Tallahassee and the nation.

It happened Friday at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in response to the events that happened at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Community and religious leaders said they want people to know what happened at the capitol is not welcomed here, with commissioners like Curtis Richardson saying he wants Tallahassee to be a model of how the government and communities work together through disagreements.

"We don't support that kind of vigilante-ism. We disavow it in the strongest way that we can," said Richardson. "And we are committed to making sure that nothing like that happens in the city of Tallahassee. And that we be the model of how we bring a community together to work together to address our issues in a civil manner."

Leaders also said they are not against protests as long as demonstrations remain peaceful.