What This Police Chaplain Says to Cops in the Age of ‘Black Lives Matter’

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As America responds with the killings of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks by police, there’s unrest across the land.

Protesters are demanding racial justice and an end to police wrongdoing. Police, sworn to serve and protect, are feeling under fire.

Father Jayson Landeza is a chaplain to the Oakland, California police department and the pastor of a largely African American parish. 

After George Floyd’s death, he said, “At this point, at this time, at this juncture, black lives matter,” and is sharing that message with the officers he ministers to. 

Police on the street are sometimes faced with making split-second life-and-death decisions.

Many black people say they don’t trust the police. 

Years ago, children often looked at police officers and saw heroes.

Fr. Landeza is speaking to the men and women in blue about rebuilding the relationship between themselves and civilians.

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, a majority of the city council wants to “dismantle” the police department, and in New York, some politicians are calling for a big bite to be taken out of the NYPD’s budget.

The California priest shares how he counsels an officer who’s been involved in a shooting while on duty.