As outrage continues over the video of a McKinney, Texas, police officer drawing his gun on a group of teenagers, some black leaders are at least reminding Americans that the behavior of the officer isn’t the only worrying aspect of the video.
Pastor Derrick Golden of New Covenant Fellowship Church spoke to TheBlaze TV, and criticized the actions of the kids in the video.
“I think that the children’s response did not predicate the police officer’s action, I want to make sure that’s clear,” he said.
“However, with some sensitivity, we can train not just [the police], but also our children on how to interact and respond to authority. It’s been done in other cities, it can be done in ours.”
Another pastor, who wished to remain anonymous, told Breitbart Texas that while he did not condone the officer’s use of force, he understood why a gun was pulled on the teens.
“A large number of people were charging up to him and he had reason to be afraid,” he said.
The aggressive behavior captured in the video leading up to police Cpl. Eric Casebolt drawing his weapon is largely a symptom of many kids in the black community being “raised to fear the police,” the clergyman said. This fear often results in situations where tensions are high, and police are more prone to make a mistake, he said.
Golden agreed and said he was concerned enough about the way youths are interacting with law enforcement, that he will be inviting city representatives to speak with his congregation about it.
Golden also made it clear that the Ferguson and Baltimore riots are not the appropriate way to inspire change in the system. When asked about the possibility of unrest in McKinney, he seemed confident that community and church leaders would be able to keep things in order.
“The brothers of our church…are going to be on patrol in the neighborhoods,” he said. “This is our city, not on our watch and not while we’re praying.”