Peaceful rally held in front of city hall - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Peaceful rally held in front of city hall

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Dozens came together to pray for peace and unity today outside city hall.

They stood in a circle, hand-in-hand, in light of officer Sean Bolton’s death.

"It's been very, very rough. It's been emotional. I've cried and I've shed a tear for the families that lost,” said LaTrossica Wilson, who was a participant.

For Wilson, this was an opportunity to show her kids something different.

"I wanted to expose my kids to it to let them know that there is a lot of crime going on in our city and it needs to stop. Our voices need to be heard," she said.

Many rally participants took their message inside at City Council, hoping for change there, too.

"I think people need to remember what they're feeling right now,” said supporter Amanda Swain. “And I think that's why tragedy happens, to kind of ground us. That's my own personal life; it takes me back. I'm going to remember this, I'm going to make this different, I'm going to make this change."

They are hoping for more support for police and fire and a better understanding of their job.

"We don't have very many officers on the streets, we're here to hopefully make up their mind and change that," said Andrew Tilton.

Most of all, the message that most walked away with was peaceful.

"Keep coming together, keep loving people, whether you know them or not just keep coming together,” Wilson said. “Just love Memphis. Love Memphis."

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