Alabama Law Allows Church With Racist Past to Form Police Force

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A new Alabama law is allowing a megachurch with a racist history to create its own police force to protect the church’s sanctuary, seminary, and school campuses. The law will also allow the church to conduct arrests for crimes committed on its grounds.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed the law allowing Briarwood Presbyterian Church to “appoint and employ one or more suitable persons to act as police officers to protect the property of the school or academy.”

Briarwood Church officials said that it needs its own police force to protect its 4,100 members, as well as 2,000 students and two campuses in neighboring Jefferson and Shelby counties.

In a statement to The North Star, the church said that it was grateful to enjoy a “wonderful working relationship with the law enforcement agencies in the communities in which it resides… and desires to continue these partnerships.”

“Briarwood also recognizes the…

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