I thank Mr. Bray for his wise words and for sharing his concerns.
I left out a few things from my original letter. First, the officer in question pulled up behind several vehicles before he reached mine. In each case, the driver moved on. I guess it had something to do with “outsiders” not congregating near Pacifica beaches, or something like that.Thank you, Covid 19.
Second, I’m not sure what kind of vehicle Mr. Bray drives, but I have a very small black Volkswagen Jetta. Those immense SUVs and enormous pickups scare the **** out of me. I and my car are very insignificant to someone driving one of those monsters. If Mr. Bray does drive a smaller vehicle like mine, perhaps he might show me a little understanding? I guess I used the wrong term, “armored.” I should have said armed as is every marked police car I have ever seen. Truth of the matter is that the police SUV was so big, it blotted out the sunshine for a moment.
As far as stoking the fear of police through the media is concerned….as a clergy person for almost 40 years I have officiated at a number of services for retired officers of several local police departments, and recognized their dedication and service to their profession and to their fellow officers and to their communities. Police lives matter…Black lives matter..white lives matter. In fact as clergyman,I believe that every human life matters because the last time I checked, human beings do not create themselves out of nothing. In terms of healing and hope, I am part of a ministry in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, where we go to each and every murder site in the City and pray for the one whose life was taken violently, for the victim’s family, that peace and calm would return to the neighborhood, and that the shooter would somehow experience repentance and forgiveness. I am definitely doing my part to work for peace and healing in these terribly violent dark hateful days.
The Rev. Piers Lahey