Past Sermon Brief
“Rage and Love: No Justice! No Peace!
December 7, 2014
Rev. Bruce Southworth
Thursday evening, I joined thousands of fellow New Yorkers downtown at Foley Square.… We were there in response to the Staten Island grand jury’s failure to indict any of the police officers involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner last August… so many of us in dismay, shock, grief, and anger for so many reasons:
1. That no charges were brought against the officer who used the choke hold;
2. That another police killing was going unpunished – one that had been videotaped and in which Police Commissioner Bratton had acknowledged that it was an illegal choke hold;
3. That our criminal justice system and elements of the grand jury procedures seemed to have failed once again.
We were also there with hope and faith that things not only must change, but also can change.
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