The unrest happened because of the firing of pastor Stafford Dudley Sr. and because of donations, one member said.
Deacons asked the officers to clear the church, the news station reported.
“When the police came, they told us y’all got to leave,” Betty Sutton Richardson said. “I said, ‘We don’t have to leave our church.’ He said, ‘Yes ma’am, y’all have to leave.’”
No one was arrested. The action played well on Facebook, with one of the live videos getting almost 1 million views.
“I think it was a great thing,” one man said, “because I think situations like this need to be brought to light.”
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