On Saturday, August 9, 2014, the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, local businesses, residents, community and faith-based organizations, hosted the 5th Annual National Night Out “Walk for Life” and Community Day event, at Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park. On hand for the event, Congresswoman Maxine Waters praised the police and community for working together.
The walk kicked off at 8:30 AM and was well underway just as the fatal shooting of Michael Brown reportedly was taking place in Ferguson, MO.
Before I left to attend the event in L.A., I telephoned my grandson in Detroit to wish him a happy 19th birthday. He was undecided about what he wanted to do for his birthday, and I told him whatever he decided, just be careful. He assured me he would. I said a prayer for him. When I heard the news coming out of Ferguson later that day, I remember feeling ‘here we go again;’ and the deep despair from an issue that seems to be hidden in plain view. It’s happening everywhere, but nothing serious and meaningful was being done about it – until then. Ferguson, and then the New York Eric Garner incident were game-changers.
I hope that we can keep the momentum – protesting and speaking out on the disconnect between the police (I hate the term ‘cop’) and community – as we enter into 2015. Blessings to all the families who have been affected by senseless gun violence as well as other tragedies.