Churches Salute Local Law Enforcement

Chief Sanchez laments lack of resources for youth; pledges strong police work

Published : Sunday, July 16, 2017 | 5:08 AM

Reverend William Turner, Jr. , Lieutenant Jesse Carrillo, Lieutenant Bill Grisafe, Pasadena Chief of Police Phillip Sanchez and Pastor BJ King

“We have come here today to create a new energy and a new relationship with the police,” said Pastor BJ King of LoveLand Life Center Church Saturday afternoon, as a group of local churches honored members of the Pasadena Police Department and the Altadena Station of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“We are here to introduce ourselves and let you know we are here,” King added.

Sheriff's Department Captain Vicki Stuckey, commander of the Altadena Sheriff's Station, with Pastor BJ King

King presided over the event, which also included Reverend John Bledsoe, and Reverend William Turner, Jr. , along with members of local law enforcement enforcement agencies including Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez, and Sheriff’s Department Captain Vicki Stuckey, commander of the Altadena Sheriff’s Station.

The event took place after a pair of recent police successes. The Pasadena Police Department recently announced the arrest of nine suspects resulting from a major investigation in a spate of shootings in December 2016 and January 2017. Just Friday, police searched a local drug house Friday, and found a large amount of narcotics, a loaded gun and significant amount of ammunition and arrested two men, one an ex-felon.

Said King to the small but enthusiastic gathering at New Revelations Missionary Baptist Church, “Usually when we have interaction with the police, it’s on the negative side. We make so much noise when we feel that the law enforcement has done something that we’re not proud of. So we have watched very attentively the homicides earlier this year, and we watched how the police did their jobs. We watched as they hung together and did their work, and then publicly announced the arrests of the suspects.”

King added, “I would say that (the police) did their jobs because they were allowed to. We stayed out of the way, and let them do what they do. So, we want to acknowledge that we are proud of the work they do.”

Upon receiving the churches’ Community Award, Police Chief Sanchez seemed to refer to two recent Pasadena shootings. Friday night, a man and a teenager were gunned down near Villa Parke. Both are expected to survive, but the 18-year-old was in critical condition.

“I’m here with a heavy heart once again,” Sanchez said, “because this narrative has once again repeated itself. The question for us as a community, is ‘How can we stop this?’ We continue to put hope at the foot stool of mankind. Are we so disappointed, are we so surprised that we fall short every time? At the end of the day, only divine intervention along with good community energy will stop these incidents. We have to figure out a way to get resources to our young people in advance of a tragic shooting.”

“If we don’t,” Sanchez continued, “then these kinds of recognitions, as warranted as they are, will continue to occur. And if we don’t, then we will continue to lament the fact that our young men are dead.”

Sanchez was accompanied at the event by Lieutenant Bill Grisafe and Lieutenant Jesse Carrillo. Pastor King also presented the community award to the offices of Mayor Terry Tornek and Vice Mayor John Kennedy.

 

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