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Religious leaders stand united with incoming Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell

Posted at 6:21 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 18:21:36-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Dozens of religious leaders united with incoming Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell.

All pledging their support as he steps up to lead the department.

"On the eve of a new year, on the eve of a new beginning because that what we're going to need here in Tallahassee," said Curtis RIchardson, Tallahassee City Commissioner.

For religious leaders in the City of Tallahassee the future is brighter with a new police chief in the new year, part of the message at Bethel Baptist Church.

"As a young man growing p in Tallahassee, I'm baffled when I see what is happening in our community. But I"m moreover encouraged," said Pastor Rudy Ferguson Jr. "I'm standing here with a few of the spiritual gatekeepers in this community to say no more."

Together in support of incoming police chief Lawrence Revell.

"This could not be a better start for what we are planning to move forward rapidly, than to call this community together in unity," said Revell.

Dozens of pastors together, praying for Revell and the city they love.

This sign of unity coming during a time where groups are calling for Revell and Tallahassee City Manager Reese Goad to go.

Many upset with Revell's shooting and killing of a black teenager in 1996.

Goad also stood with faith leaders promising to stay strong.

"We will not be divided and we will not be defeated," said Goad.

And he was not alone with other city leaders showing their support.

"There is a rearview mirror for reflection. Not direction," said Elaine Bryant.

One meeting, under one roof, with one purpose. To bring Tallahassee back together again.

"Dr. Joseph Wright will work with a faith based community to begin to talk about strategy and solutions," said Reverend R.B. Holmes. "Hopefully and prayerfully, we'll all come together as one to resolve this crime problem."

Revell will officially be sworn in as chief next week. It hasn't been smooth sailing for Revell getting into this position. There has been pushback from Leon County officials and members of the community.