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Black Pastors in the City of Chicago refused to attend Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s annual MLK breakfast on Monday.
The Root reports that the ministers boycotted the event to protest Emanuel’s allegeed cover-up of Laquan McDonald’s shooting death in 2014.
“Our problems can’t be solved over bacon and eggs,” said Bishop Edgar Mullins of Grace Worship Family Center duing a press conference.
Another minister echoed the same sentiment.
“We don’t think that a kumbaya breakfast at this moment is the time that we should be at the table with our mayor,” said Liberation Christian Center Bishop James Duke.
Pastors who chose to skip the breakfast were joined by those from the community to protest outside the venue while over 100 atendees convened with the Mayor inside.
Emanuel spoke on the matter of police brutality during the breaksfast stating that, “To deal with the violence that claims lives on our streets, mostly the lives of young African-American men, we also have to root out the cancer of police abuse.”