John Lewis and other Freedom Riders were beaten by members of the Ku Klux Klan during a demonstration in Montgomery, Alabama on May 20, 1961. The police stood by and watched as racists ravaged the peaceful protesters.
In a ceremony earlier today at the First Baptist Church of Montgomery, Alabama, Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy apologized to now Congressman Lewis for law enforcement’s failure to protect him and the other protesters on that day over 50 years ago. Chief Murphy said that he believed God had led him to make this apology.
Lewis choked back tears as the chief made his remarks. He also said that it’s the first time that he has received such an apology from any police chief in the South. You can read more about the story here, and watch Lewis’ and Murphy’s remarks above.