Community leaders in Fort Worth are called for an end to violence with a city-wide prayer vigil.
Police officers and community members mixed and mingled on Beach Street in East Fort Worth.
The event was organized as a community prayer vigil by a group called Just Stop, which is working to intervene with people who are going down the wrong path in life, getting involved with crimes and violent acts.
It was co-founded a year ago by a woman whose son was murdered in the 1990s. The organizers are fed up with violence happening in Fort Worth and around the world. People involved wit the group have helped others find jobs or helped them get into trade school so that they have an alternative to a criminal lifestyle. Fort Worth Police officers support the group and say this sort of engagement is as important as physical police training.
"You can train until you're blue in the face, but getting into the community and breaking down barriers in person and having realistic, honest communication Is what matters and these types of events give us that," said Chief Joel Fitzgerald.
The chief also says being able to interact one-on-one with members of the community who they may not encounter is another positive for police.