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Middletown residents, city officials and police officers joined hands during a prayer circle Saturday at the BackTheBlue event outside the City Building. The prayer was delivered by Pastor Lamar Ferrell, lead chaplain. Rick McCrabb / Staff

Residents turn out to ‘BackTheBlue’

City Manager Doug Adkins believes pro-police events like BackTheBlue held Saturday outside the City Building help unite the community and its police department and reduce the risk of racial violence witnessed in other parts of the country. Organizers of BackTheBlue collected gift cards, cakes, doughnuts and water from local residents, ...

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