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Ministers delay march to ensure community understands issue

August 24. 2013 3:18AM
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We commend the Black Ministerial Alliance for its decision to postpone the march it planned for Sunday. The ministers are concerned that people donít understand the reasoning for a march, the Rev. Fayne Wise said.The Black Ministerial Alliance announced the march a few days after a grand jury indicted Lima police Sgt. Joe Chavalia on two misdemeanor charges. Chavalia shot and killed Tarika Wilson inside her home during a Jan. 4 drug raid in which police arrested Wilsonís boyfriend, Antony Terry. The ministers are unhappy with the charges, Wise said, but they want to stress their dissatisfaction with the overall criminal justice system. Specifically, the ministers want to draw attention to their dissatisfaction with law enforcement and the courts.But, for now, the ministers arenít holding the march. The alliance indicated it will be rescheduled.If those on both sides of the coming Chavalia trial would stop for just a moment, they might consider that the issue of race and criminal justice in Allen County isnít going away any time soon. That the ministerial alliance is putting off its march until it can focus attention on the overall system ó not the Wilson shooting, not the Chavalia trial ó demonstrates as much.We commend the ministerial alliance for wanting to keep the focus on the larger issue.

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