The Jericho March: A Peaceful March that took NY like a Storm
On July 21, 2020, New York City came to a halt when the Clergy, Community, and the NYPD united their efforts to display peace, unity, and justice in this time of great chaos in our Nation. This historic march was an epic movement that created hope and spread God’s light amid the shadow of violence. The Rehoboth Cathedral Church and United Clergy Coalition with their President Bishop Gerald G. Seabrooks organized the event in Bedford-Stuyvesant. People from all walks of life join the march including some notable organizations. Among the organizations were the NYPD, Union leaders, the United Clergy Community, the Police Coalition with their President Bishop Ismael Claudio, the Global Alliance of Hispanic Officer accompanied by Director of Public Affairs Clark Peña, the International Christian Radio Vision with their President Bishop Jose Martínez. These organizations and many more united as one to march for peace.
The President of the New York State Fraternal Order of Police and NYPD Sergeants Union Ed Mullins spoke in a video posted by Assemblywoman and Congressional candidate Nicole Malliotakis who join the march. Ed Mullins stated that “If the mayor were doing his job properly, we wouldn’t have these issues. If the DAs were prosecuting the laws, we would not have these issues. What we are seeing right now is chaos in the city of New York.” The state trooper’s union is demanding state police to remove troopers stationed in New York City. “The criminal and civil liability, I believe, is too great for them performing their jobs,” said Thomas Mungeer, union president. An action that we hope will not occur for it will create further incidents of violence.
The mainstream media did not report on the unity and the voice of the people at this amazing event rather it was rather focused on the protesters and attacks on the Chief of Department Terrence Monahan who was attacked in an altercation on the opposite side of the Brooklyn bridge where BLM rioters tried to interfere in the march. Two other officers, a sergeant, and a lieutenant were taken to the hospital to get stitches. Police say officers were trying to make an arrest when a suspect struck them with a cane. Lieutenant Richard Mack proudly said “I bled for this city. I’d do it again tomorrow,” thanking his NYPD comrades and asking us “remember all the people who died on 9/11.”
“To see someone assault him, the chief of department, is absolutely unacceptable,” adding “Assaulting any police officer is absolutely unacceptable. There have to be consequences, and I say we need to have the court system to be up and running.”
The Judge released the attackers of the Officers, without any bail despite the prosecutors and NYPD’s requests. Many New Yorkers’ are calling for the resignation of the Mayor of New York, upon the record rising statistics in the city’s crime rates, I join in the request.