Video: Tupelo Pastors and Citizens March on City Hall

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TUPELO, Miss. (WCBI) – The walls may not have “come a tumblin’ down”, but a group of pastors and citizens made their presence known to Tupelo leaders Friday.

The Concerned Citizens and Pastors Coalition spent the lunch hour marching around City Hall seven times, similar to the story of the Israelites and the Battle of Jericho.

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The group is drawing attention to the shooting death of Ronnie Shumpert by a Tupelo Police Officer.

They say that incident is part of the larger problem of strained relations between the African American community and Tupelo Police.

The coalition wants a civilian review board to become part of the discussion when any Tupelo officer is accused of wrongdoing or mistreatment of a citizen.

They are also seeking a return to community policing, with officers building strong relationships in the neighborhoods they patrol.