This is an excerpt from the chapter entitled "Officer Friendly"
Why did I feature the Officer Friendly story? I believe it sets up everything else that I want to talk about. Sergeant Rutling said, “I’m a person just like you.” And it’s true, the police are people too. They are not all bad or good; no one in any profession is. I believe it is the system that these good and bad people are put into that is the problem. America has a system of policing that needs a relook, an overhaul, a redesign. Bishop T.D. Jakes of the Potter’s House in Dallas, TX has an excellent quote about “excellent people” both “black and white” who do “heroic things” are all part of a “system”:
That “incident that happened to George Floyd it’s not indicative of all police officers. I have police officers at my church, black and white, who are excellent people who give their lives for little bits of money to protect us…who pull us out of car wrecks, who do amazing, heroic things but if we don’t have any way of policing the police, then too much power is put into the hands of a person that is never questioned or judged when they misappropriate that power it creates a toxic, cynical view of the whole system.”
Bishop T.D Jakes
(A Discussion on Racism | Carl Lentz & Bishop T.D. Jakes | Hillsong East Coast, 2020)
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