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Vigil to promote unity between police and community

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A prayer vigil was held Wednesday night outside the San Diego Police Department's headquarters in another push to promote unity and understanding between police and the community.

A crowd of about 50, including police officers, gathered in solidarity and to pray for peace between law enforcement and the community.

During a prayer, San Diego police community relations officers, chaplains and captains held hands with the community.

"To our brothers and sister in blue, thank you for putting it on the line every single day. Thank you for what you do," said Pastor Clinton Foster.

While much of Wednesday night's prayer vigil was about peace, officers remained on guard. Two officers watched from a rooftop as trust continues to be built between officers and the community.

The prayer vigil was organized by Ashli Taylor. "Whenever you have unity, that drives out everything else. This is what we are, we are unity. We are standing together holding hands, which is love," said Taylor.

Frustrations may boil, but the community hopes a change in behavior and perspective will help stop the violence.

Another town hall on police relations is scheduled for Thursday night at the George Stevens Senior Center in Encanto at 6:30 p.m.

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