In the midst of the unrest in Baltimore, Rev. Fisher-Stewart penned a piece for the Diocese about the need for police officers and the community to come together.
As I look at what is occurring in Baltimore in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray while in the custody of the Baltimore City Police, it’s time to call police officers and members of the community together to discuss both cultures. Where are the police learning how they view minorities, and how are members of the minority community learning their attitudes about the police? It’s also interesting that those being killed and those doing the shooting are the same generation. It’s not “senior” police officers killing young, black males. How can we explain that? We need to start the conversation now because, unfortunately, there will be a next time. The church has always been on the forefront of social justice and this cries out for the reconciling hand of the church.