Cloquet Residents Pray for 'Divided' Leadership Following Police Chief Suspension

April 18, 2017 10:46 PM

CLOQUET, Minn. - Dozens of residents held a prayer service Tuesday, praying for their city leadership who they feel are divided.

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It stems from a big controversy in the Cloquet community. Steve Stracek, the former chief of police, was placed on administrative leave. The City Council voted last month to suspend him. An investigation is looking into a complaint made against Stracek, but details about that have not been made available.

Many residents feel that they're being kept in the dark.

"This isn't meant to be a protest. This is meant to be a time of prayer to bring our city together in a time of division," said Jenny Rackliffe. "We are praying for the integrity of our leaders, for God to help them make decisions in our town."

The City Council did not bring up the issue at a meeting Tuesday and declined to comment.


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