Churches Band Together To Vow Never To Call Police

A handful of churches have said they will train parishioners to handle dangerous situations on their own without police.

Oakland, CA – A handful of churches have announced that they have teamed up with the anti-police group Showing Up for Racial Justice, and that they would no longer contact law enforcement for help or to report law violations.

First Congregational Church of Oakland volunteer leader Nichola Torbett said that the church decided to “divest” from policing, because they believed law enforcement officers had unfairly targeted “black and brown bodies,” The Washington Post reported.

“Can this actually be reformed, when it was actually created for the unjust distribution of resources or to police black and brown bodies?” Torbett asked.

According to the Showing Up for Racial Justice website, the group aimed to “lift up alternative visions for community that are rooted in love, justice, and collective liberation.”

“White people of faith have a special responsibility to interrupt a process that seeks to mobilize our community against our neighbors of color,” the site read.

The website also included links for purchasing Black Lives Matter yard signs, banners, buttons, and decals.

“All proceeds go to Black Lives Matter,” the site proudly proclaimed.

It't not clear who is actually getting the money, because "Black Lives Matter" is not a legal entity capable of receiving donations.

The project has recruited three additional congregations in the Bay Area, as well as one in Iowa City, The Washington Post reported.

The Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ has also launched a campaign to recruit additional churches to join the movement.

“It’s a big ask to invite us, as white folks, to think differently about what safety means,” United Church of Christ Reverend Anne Dunlap said.

Instead of calling police, the churches have begun training members of their congregations in de-escalation and self-defense tactics, so that they would be prepared to handle potentially dangerous situations on their own, The Washington Post reported.

But being based in California, they made it clear that self-defense didn't involve the use of firearms.

“Our goal is to never call the police,” Torbett said, adding that none of the volunteers would ever be armed.

The movement’s leaders claimed they have not asked members of their congregations to forgo turning to law enforcement for matters outside the church, but said they hoped they would choose to do so, The Washington Post reported.

Dunlap said that resisting police was part of her obligation as a religious leader.

“You’re talking about state violence against communities. You have to speak up and take a stand about that,” she said. “There’s not a way to reform our way out of police violence but to dismantle policing as a system.”

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ImOutOfMyMindBackIn5
ImOutOfMyMindBackIn5

I assume most on here are cops or former cops so these questions are addressed to you guys.

A little about myself before I continue: Im white. I grew up in small town USA. There weren't any blacks and few Hispanics in my town or the surrounding ones. So, as a child I grew up with a worldview that processed things differently from most.

Please understand that I am only going to be asking honest questions-nothing more. Some of the answers to the questions will be (or at least seem to be) obvious. However, Ive learned that just because I see things a certain way, doesn't mean that I see what I think I see. - An analogy might be an eye witnesses definitively stating, "The bank robber's get away driver had a beard and was wearing a dark blue shirt." Yet when the outside video camera was reviewed, it displayed the driver not only not be bearded, but a female who was wearing a gunmetal grey sweat top.

Again, Im not trying to stir the pot AT ALL.

Let me begin. When I read this article the first thing that came to my mind (and still remains there) was, "This has got to be the DUMBEST thing I have ever heard!" Yet, intelligent people, people who likely have college degrees or the like are participating in what I view as stupidity at its highest.

So in my world, logic dictates that 1+1=2. Yet for these people it isn't. Why? Clearly it makes perfect sense to them or they wouldn't be doing it.

If you are a cop of color, please give me your take (pro or con). I think that you will have a unique perspective. Please include whether you grew up in an urban setting or a rural one. And since this is an article about a religious organization making the decision to bypass the police, if you are religious and regularly attend a house of worship, please speak from that perspective as well.

ryukidn
ryukidn

These are "progressive" churches. The United Church of Christ is the Reverend Jeremiah Wright church, if that gives you an idea. It's the far Left political churches.

Cbubinski
Cbubinski

Wait till these
idiots at these Churches 😠 really get into a dangerous situation and need the help of are fine Officers in Blue 💙💙

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

Laughable Fools. CA...no surprise here.

Tinman983
Tinman983

This seems like a joke to me. Something one might find in the Onion. If not a joke, well good luck people. Somehow I think if it ever really hits the fan, these idiots will be the first on 911 calling for the big, mean police to rush there to help them. Bet I am correct about that. By the way, what about mandatory reporting laws for abuse against children. Happens in churches. I wonder if there is another agenda going on here.

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