Two Georgia police officers are out of a job after they refused to choose their duty to the job over their duty to their faith.
Cartersville police Sgt. Amanda Pettepher and Investigator David Bojczukn spent a day off every third Thursday to minister to inmates who wanted them to at the Bartow County jail.
They read the Bible and offered prayers to the inmates that requested it, but the District Attorney expressed concerns that potential suspects in their cases might be able to cite clergy privilege if statements were made about the cases they were involved in.
“We had approval from the chief, I believe he’s a godly man,” Bojczuk said. “We’ve been praying together in the morning before work for two years.”
According to Bojczuk, the troubles started when they received some backlash from his head supervisor of investigations along with the assistant chief of police who brought it to the district attorney’s attention.
Bojczuk said that’s when the police chief told them to stop praying with prisoners or risk repeated punishment and, eventually, termination.
”I knew this was coming,” Bojczuk told “Fox and Friends Weekend” Saturday. “I stay close to the Lord. When this all happened, I just started seeking the Lord about it.”
Pettepher said the situation has strengthened her faith.
“It’s shown me that God is going to take care of me no matter what, no matter what comes our way,” she said.
Pettepher said she doesn’t think clergy privilege would be applicable in this situation.
“We don’t hold any animosity towards the chief of police or towards police department. There are very fine men and women working there who are friends, who we’ve always worked with,” she said. “What we want is clarification. We don’t want to sue. We don’t care about money. It’s not about that.”
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