Sometimes praying, sometimes chanting slogans and sometimes even stung by pepper spray and tear gas, clergy and other faith leaders were among those who protested the killing of George Floyd by a police officer on Memorial Day (May 25) in Minneapolis. Religious feeling also crossed the barricades themselves at times as law enforcement personnel took time to pray with protesters while on duty at the demonstrations.
Rev. Jeff Mello, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brookline, Massachusetts, center, and Rev. Amy McCreath, dean of St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Boston, joined in a march on Sunday (May 31) from a police substation in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston to police headquarters. The two clergy wore red stoles and other red attire in traditional observance of Pentecost.