- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Louisville community group held a prayer vigil and rally to show their appreciation for law enforcement officers.

The event held this week follows the fatal shooting of two police officers in New York, and comes amid criticism of police departments nationally for their policing tactics.

Protests continue in cities across the country after grand juries failed to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, both black.

According to The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1HCERPf ), the event in Louisville this week was organized by ManUp, a community group that works to engage men with their neighborhoods.

The group encouraged respect between police and citizens. As a sign of mutual respect, ManUp leaders called on police and residents to place their hand over their heart when they see each other.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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