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Residents hold prayer vigil for city of Lakeland

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LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

Dozens of people dodged raindrops this morning to take part in a prayer vigil for Lakeland's scandal plagued police department.

The vigil, organized by Commissioner Phillip Walker, was supposed to take place in downtown's Munn Park, but because of stormy conditions this morning participants moved inside the Arts on the Park storefront on Kentucky Avenue.
 

More than 50 people held hands and formed a circle inside the building as pastors from four different churches offered up prayers for unity. 

Among the participants was Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack who said the outpouring of continued support has been overwhelming.
 

"This is an amazing community," she said. "I have felt that all along that the community stands behind us, stands behind me to make the right decisions but stands behind the police department. The backbone of this department are the men and women who answer calls for service every day, and there's a lot of community support for that."

 

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