Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office
Yesterday at 10:56 AM ·
A group of area clergy reached out to Sheriff Atkinson to facilitate a diverse discussion on the death of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement in Minneapolis. There was a great, constructive discussion on the issues surrounding this incident and race in America.
The Political Agitator’s response: I would love to know more in depth about the conversation after I got off the phone.
Sign out of social media. Go out and speak to your neighbors. Listen to your neighbors of all backgrounds. Learn about their viewpoints and let them learn about yours. This is how we move forward and heal from tragic incidents like this.
The Political Agitator’s response: I really don’t know what signing out of social media has to do with anything and would love to hear more about that. Now if they had said to be constructive and effective on social media, I could understand it better. But ain’t nothing wrong with communicating in different types of ways especially since the coronavirus is alive and well.
How many neighborhoods have folk from all backgrounds? A few. I don’t see neighbors having conversations amongst themselves about the latest murders of Black folk by Police Officers. I said it should be some community meetings where there are groups gathered together so eliminate the myths by putting the facts as presented on the table and that there would be following up meetings as things progressed to attempt to keep the communities from becoming angry. So many times there are miscommunication and that leads to a mess.
When pastors from different backgrounds come together we may get somewhere but (they) don’t communicate with each other especially fellowship with each other but expect the community to come together. Really! I have attended/videoed Dr. MLK events over the years and I seen the participation when the year the White church goes to the Black church and then the Black church goes to the White church. And then during the MLK Breakfast and Banquet the participation there. So to think folk are going to just come together during a time of the murder and the protest, wow that is going to take some strong folk to sit down and talk about how to move forward.
Sheriff Atkinson and the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office are appalled by the actions of the 4 officers involved in the death of George Floyd. We in no way condone their actions. They were criminal and inexcusable. We train to interact with the public in a respectful manner and arrest those we must, safely.
Our prayer is that this tragic event will spark the conversation between those in our community who come from different backgrounds to unify and love one another. Be the change that you want to see in the world.
The Political Agitator’s response: I appreciate the response from the Sheriff Office however over the years I am aware of some of the deputies actions and also today. I see some of them responding on social media today that I feel shows their character. Some may not be the author the negativity however they make comments and/or simply hit the Like button. I have watched those whom have retired and watching those whom are currently employed.
In attendance were: Pastor Malcolm Lewis (Anderson Chapel MBC), Pastor Eric Evans (Walnut Grove Baptist Church), Pastor Jesse Baker (Pinetops/Temperance Hall United Methodist Church), Pastor Wade Parker (Webb’s Chapel Baptist Church), Pastor Kenny Parker (St. Mark MBC), John Rosal (Hispanic/Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church). Pastors via conference call: Dr. Leonzo Lynch, Pastor Ebenezer MBC Charlotte, NC and President, General Baptist State Convention of NC
and Pastor William Keys (Pines Chapel MBC)
The Political Agitator’s response: I know some of these Pastors quite well. Lewis he is my pastor. I know Evans because he is our County Manager, met Baker because he came to our church once last year and brought his congregation and our church is scheduled to go this however because of the COVID-19 don’t know if and when that will happen. I been knowing Parker for years. I don’t know if I am familiar with Rosal but have gone to First Baptist Church I believe over the years for Dr. MLK Celebration. I am familiar with Lynch because I have videoed him speaking at NAACP event/s and also he came and spoke for a program that my pastor had for the seniors citizens. I am very much familiar with Keys.
I had the opportunity to be on the phone call for the 1st part of the meeting before the pastors moved the meeting offline.
My concerns are that although I appreciate the pastors coming together, I have asked that they have someone involved that is actively engaged with community and political activism in Edgecombe County that can be at the table. I repeat that the majority of the folk attends a church and will somewhat follow their pastor so if they would preach love your brother and sister and join together to go to the school board meetings and county commissioners meeting to name a few to request that they do what is right about all the children. I said if Black and White folk would go to the commissioners’ meeting to support the Edgecombe County Sheriff Office because they have been underpaid. Now that would be showing Black and White Folk uniting for a cause that benefit all folk.
Well I think you get where I am coming from.
Can’t wait to see how the next meeting goes if there is a next meeting.