Church security a top priority in the wake of Charleston violence

| June 24, 2015

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – The murders in Charleston, South Carolina are at the forefront of many people's minds in religious circles.

Suspect Dylann Roof walked into a church that had little security and welcomed him with open arms and shot nine people to death.

The violence begs the question: Could this happen here? And, what safety measures are in place?

We did some digging and when it comes to religious services in northeast Ohio the majority of mosques and synagogues have a guard or police officer on duty for all services.But, we found that most Christian denomination churches do not.

"I can't imagine how can we be anything else than opening our arms to people and risking ourselves for what we believe in," said Pastor Kenneth Chalker of University Circle United Methodist Church. "If we submit to fear and close our doors evil has won."

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