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Christian Leaders React to This Week’s Police Shootings

Christian Leaders React to This Week’s Police Shootings

In the last several days, two African-American men have been killed by police.

In Tulsa, a man named Terence Crutcher was shot and killed after his car stalled out in the middle of the road. Video from the shooting appears to show Crutcher with his hands up in the moments before he was shot.

In Charlotte, Keith Lamont Scott was killed after police officers came to his apartment complex looking for someone else. Police say Scott exited his car and refused to put a gun down. His family, however, says he was unarmed.

The shootings have sparked protests and demonstrations, and in Charlotte, things have gotten violent, with the governor declaring a state of emergency.

The two shootings follow several years of similar incidents, in which black Americans have died in police shootings or while in police custody. Many are calling for reforms, and the Black Lives Matter movement continues to bring new awareness to the violence.

We recently collected tweets from pastors and Christian leaders around the country, who’ve shared their thoughts, prayers and calls to change on Twitter.

(Note: More tweets may be added throughout the afternoon.)

Eugene Cho

Pastor and author


Hip-hop artist

DA Horton

Author and National Coordinator for Urban Students at the North American Mission Board

Austin Channing

Author and Resident Director and Multicultural Liaison for Calvin College

John Gray



Hip-hop artist and author

Shane Claiborne

Activist, speaker and author

Carl Lentz


Joshua DuBois

Author, columnist, head of Values Partnerships

Rachel Held Evans

Author and speaker

BJ Thompson

Director of Build Us Better

Russell Moore

Author and President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

Christena Cleveland

Author and speaker

Jen Hatmaker

Author and speaker

Israel Houghton

Recording artist

Jemar Tisby

Author and President of Reformed African American Network

Trillia Newbell

Author and journalist

Zakiya Jackson

Author and Leadership team at Collected Young Minds

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