CROWN HEIGHTS — Neighborhood leaders are hoping to create unity on Utica Avenue this week.
In response to the fatal shooting of officers at a protest in Dallas and the police shooting and killing of two black men in separate incidents in Louisiana and Minnesota last week, State Sen. Jesse Hamilton has organized the “Unity in the Community” walk through Crown Heights on Tuesday.
The event starts at 6 p.m. at the 77th Precinct station house on Utica Avenue and Bergen Street and ends at Lincoln Terrace Park, about eight blocks south of the precinct, organizers said.
“This walk is to show that only through working together and being a unified community can we stop the senseless killings,” the senator said in an event listing for the walk.
Officers from the precinct will join the march, organizers said. Already this week, police from the 77th went to the Washington Temple Church on Bedford Avenue, whose members prayed over officers, the precinct tweeted Sunday.
“Together we pray for unity and peace,” the official NYPD account posted.
Thank U Washington Temple 4 ur prayers. 2gether we Pray 4 Unity&Peace. A community that prays 2gether stays 2gether! pic.twitter.com/NQKdqPrfEq— NYPD 77th Precinct (@NYPD77Pct) July 10, 2016
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio also plan to hold a Monday candlelight vigil in Grand Army Plaza to honor the victims of last week’s violence.
The events follow multiple protests of police brutality throughout the city late last week and this weekend that resulted in the arrests of dozens of people.
The 77th Precinct is located at 127 Utica Ave. For more information about the unity walk, visit Sen. Hamilton's Facebook event page.