Ferguson protesters disrupt South Los Angeles church service

Monday, December 1, 2014
Ferguson protesters disrupt church South LA service
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An interfaith prayer service at a church in South Los Angeles was interrupted Sunday by demonstrators, protesting the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting.

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- An interfaith prayer service at a church in South Los Angeles was interrupted Sunday by demonstrators, protesting the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting.

The annual Jubilee with Baptist Churches and the Church of Latter Day Saints began Sunday with Christmas carols. But the harmony in the house of worship later turned to discord.

On the heels of the Ferguson protests, demonstrators showed up to protest the LAPD, having heard some officials were invited to the service.

"We wanted to come here and represent the victims, represent people who are angry about police brutality and are going to do something about it," said protester Julia Wallace.

The protestors held up signs and had remained quiet, until they chimed in while a gospel choir was still on stage and a pastor was speaking. The protesters chanted, "Black lives matter!"

Their disruption didn't go over well with many church members, including Victor Mosley who was born and raised in St. Louis and lived in Ferguson.

"You don't go in God's house, disrespecting God. This is about God. This isn't about black and white," said Mosley. "They just want to be seen. They're in the wrong place to protest. Go vote."

Police officials were invited to the service because some pastors are trying to build a better relationship with the LAPD to improve community relations. The protesters say the churches shouldn't consider the police part of the community.

"We're not here to disrupt their services, but we are here to let LAPD know that we're going to call out their crimes, we're going to call out their crimes everywhere they are, and everywhere we can in an organized force," said Wallace.

Protesters were expected to be at the Newton Division at 10 a.m. Monday to take part in the nationwide protest, #HandsUpWalkOut. The protest encourages people in cities all across the country to leave their jobs and school and join protests in their city.