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Rally shows support for Bishop arrested after roof collapses at his abandoned church

Updated: Sunday, March 16 2014, 10:33 PM CDT
Reported by Ewa Roman (

A civil rights summit was held in Harrisburg where members of the community spoke up in support of a local bishop who is facing charges after the roof of his abandoned church collapsed last month.

Bishop Augustus Sullivan was arrested after the building collapsed at the cornerof 12th and Magnolia Streets. Parts of the building were falling off and onto homes nearby. City fire officials said it was the start of the slum lord take down.

At St. Paul Baptist Church in Harrisburg, community leaders spoke about civil and worker's rights while Bishop Sullivan sat on stage listening.

"He (Sullivan) is about bringing people together. He cares about people. And he is a man of action who wants to do more for the better," said Representative Patty Kim. She spoke at the summit and call Sullivan a friend.

"He shouldn't have been the one to be humiliated. He shouldn't have been the example in handcuffs walking with a police officer. I wish he wasn't the one to be an example of a slum landlord," Kim said.

As Bishop Sullivan introduced a guest speaker, he made no comment on his arrest or the issue surrounding the abandoned church. He seemed to be in high spirits.

He said, "And I dare not introduce our next speaker without mentioning one of our heroes of the past, Dr. King, who once said that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

City officials are now tearing down the abandoned church.

Bishop Sullivan decline to give a comment to the media. Rally shows support for Bishop arrested after roof collapses at his abandoned church

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