(Article by Amie Flanagan republished from LawEnforcementToday.com)
Lori Lightfoot, the Mayor of Chicago, told the police to shut down the group of people who were tired of the violence, and to pray for the city. This is the 26th city that they have gathered in..
The “Let Us Worship” movement is Feucht’s response to major cities that allow violent protests but won’t allow people to attend church to praise God through singing.
It is a grassroots movement that is a protest, but a peaceful one, where people go and praise God.
In a Livestream on Facebook, Feucht explained that they had alerted the Park Service and the Police of their arrival. He even wore a Chicago Bull’s jersey. They did everything by the book.
Lightfoot reportedly told the police to shut down the gathering. Feucht was told by the police that if he set up the gear they would have to confiscate them and arrest them.
Feucht couldn’t believe it. Chicago is known for its violence, and the week before there were 63 shootings. They sent countless officers to stop Christians from worshiping God, when they should be used to protect the city.
The Facebook Live showed Feucht, his long hair blowing in the breeze, with an incredulous expression on his face.
As he walks around using the selfie mode, he shows that they are at the entrance of a park.
He starts to show the police officers, not to humiliate them, but to document that they are literally doing their jobs. Meanwhile, there are a few musicians on a metal bench playing a guitar and leading the people in worship.
He zeroes in on three officers. They are standing with their hands holding their vests.
They are hanging out, watching the praise, not really bothering anything.
His camera zeroes in on joyful people, African American, White, Hispanics, and all saying hi to him. He shows how the police are slowly encircling them.
The use of force is intended to intimidate, but everybody knows the police are probably thinking what Feucht is.
He points to the head guys just sitting there and hanging out. There are two African Americans. One male that wears a pink shirt, one female that wears a police hat, and a white guy in jeans and a shirt. That’s where he just shakes his head at the situation.
We see a young African American woman in ripped jeans, a jean jacket and a black shirt that says something about God.
Her hand is pointed to sky as the sun sets into dusk. People wave flags of all colors, and they hold brightly colored signs. Feucht closes the video by telling the viewer he will try to talk to the police again.
Social Media started lighting up under the Facebook Post. There were 14,000 reactions, over 23,434 shares, and 378,000 views.
One person, who seemed fed up with the situation in Chicago said:
That’s sad. Mayor Lightfoot needs to get some God in her life.
Another posted a reminder:
Police officers need to hear the gospel too! Let them come so they can blessed!!
A Law Enforcement Chaplin said:
I’m a Law Enforcement Chaplain and can tell you, those COPs need (and most will welcome) all the prayer they can get.
This echoes a pastor that Feutch interviewed:
The Pastor says that he gets the police who are always asking that he pray for them.
Now, he doesn’t understand why they don’t allow people to worship God. It confused him why they won’t let them pray for the city.
Feutch says that they will still stand their ground.
The crowd continues to gather. The police are near the silver U-Haul thing that they carry their equipment in. Men are gathered in it, and one police officer stands watching.
Alert. People are videoing it.
One officer has her hand on the side leaning against it. Feutch starts encouraging people to say:
“Let us worship!”
Then the crowd starts chanting:
“Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!”
The police are in discussion with a guy in the trailer, and that captures Feutch’s attention. He walks over, and there seems to be some kind of solution to the problem. Instruments start coming out. Some music is there.
A loud crowd starts cheering. A man in a white shirt and a man bun talks to the head police officer. Feutch says something, but it can’t be heard. By his disappointed face, he didn’t get the answer he had hoped. Someone says:
And the camera is on the Female Head Officer. Instead of hate, people raise their hands towards her and pray. Feutch pulls out his guitar, and the crowd starts chanting:
“Let us worship.”
People have surrounded the African-American Police Officer. However, not in hate, but to have a discussion.
But Feutch jumps up on a metal riser and starts playing his guitar. They allow the amplifier for the guitar. He explains the situation. The people boo, and then he defends the police. He says:
“But you know what? It’s not their fault. It’s the higher up’s.”
They start singing, and the folks seem to be trying to strike a deal with the police. Then he’s given a megaphone – by the Police!
The police stand behind, allowing the megaphone to be used, they allowed the drummer to come out to keep the beat. They all worship and pray over the city.
Then an elderly woman is helped up to stand on the riser. She wears a blue vest and a white shirt with yellow and blue polka dots. She is known as “Mama Wade.” She gives a speech saying:
“We want to bless our policemen.”
She started into a bit of a politically geared speech, but they took away the microphone and started singing.
And they kept worshiping.
And then, they started marching through the streets singing. And of course, the people making it safe for them to march? The Chicago Police.
The Mayor of Chicago may have tried to shut them down, however, the Police realized that it wasn’t going to be violent, and the people sent to intimidate – helped them worship.
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