“I am afraid:” A critique of modern policing

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The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart is a former law enforcement officer and now an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Washington. In this video, posted on Facebook, she speaks difficult truths about the issue of police violence against the black community and the racism which is feeding it.

The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart spent 20 years working as a police officer for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department.

See another video from August on the Cafe.

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5 Responses to "“I am afraid:” A critique of modern policing"
  1. Why don't you publish a transcript? I don't have time to listen to a video and it's often inappropriate to play a recording in public, work, waiting room, etc.

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    • We publish what is available. The video appears to have been made available on the Revd Gayle Fisher-Stewart's Facebook page without a transcript.

      We are a team of volunteer editors sharing stories that we each find interesting and hope that our readership does as well. But we also have regular full-time lives, lives, that for my part, doesn't include time for transcribing someone's video. The Revd Andrew Gerns, the volunteer Friday editor, is a full-time rector. I'm sure he also doesn't have time to create transcriptions as well.

      David Allen
      The Lead volunteer Saturday editor

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  2. Reverend Stewart could very well be the right person at the right time to step-up and preach and teach on this subject on behalf of the Episcopal Church! Preach-on Reverend Stewart!

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    • Her experience, observations and insight are valuable resources. However, if it is only people of color who are preaching on racism, that is not enough. We who are 'white' must also be allies in dismantling racism.

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  3. This is a great conversion coming from a former African American police officer of 20 years and is very knowledgeable on the subject and is conveying this messing that I can understand. Now that she is a an African Episcopal priest. She definitely knows the pulse to speak , what type of action to take on to help change this a reality and most of all what to pray for on this tumultuous issue. Thank you for your voice!

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