Leaders calling for peace, unity between communities after Dallas police shooting

HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) -- As Dallas mourns, and the rest of the country rages, civic leaders are calling for peace and unity between police and communities.

At Bethel Gospel in Harlem, a prayer vigil was being held Sunday evening. Earlier in the day, Mayor de Blasio was at morning services. Members of the 26th Precinct joined with the community to pray for what seems so elusive right now - peace.

At St. Patrick's Cathedral, Cardinal Dolan said when things are broken, you go to the owner's manual, or all the manufacturer - in this case, he said, that means the Bible.

"It means calling on God for help. Sadness and heaviness is especially present in our African-American and law enforcement communities," said Cardinal Dolan.

In Brooklyn, officers prayed for unity and peace with the community:

And in Mount Vernon, Mayor Richard Thomas tweeted about a block party that brought together both members of the police force, and the community.

Mayor Bill de Blasio also took to the pulpit from Harlem to 5th Avenue.

"The stain upon our nation of racism and division - none of that history conforms with Jesus' teachings," Mayor de Blasio said.

The Mayor added that the NYPD is right now trying to better relations.

"The police come to know their neighborhoods and the people they serve much more deeply," he said.
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