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Video: Los Angeles Pastor Compares Police to the Klan, Says Officers "Lynch" Black, Brown Men

February 05, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Los Angeles Pastor Compares Police to the Klan, Says Officers "Lynch" Black, Brown Men

The senior pastor of a prominent Los Angeles church is at the center of a growing controversy after he compared police officers to the Ku Klux Klan in a recent sermon.

Pastor J. Edgar Boyd of the First AME Church delivered the sermon Jan. 18, stating: “Today, lynchings still occur but in a different form. The Klansmen today do not raid in the night raids with robes on and hoods on. But what they do is put a blue uniform on and a gold badge and take a baton or a police weapon, and they come at the least time we expect them and they take the lives of our young black men and young brown men. They take their lives long before they’re able to learn what God has in store for them in life.”

Neither LAPD Chief Charlie Beck nor L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell showed up two weeks later at the First AME service they were expected to attend. Police sources told CBS2/KCAL9’s Dave Bryan it was because of the controversy over the video.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, whose office says he expressed his strong opposition to the statement in a conversation with Boyd, did attend last Sunday’s service and made a direct statement about it when he spoke to the congregation.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League released a statement that said: “The LAPPL is deeply disturbed and astonished by Pastor Boyd’s comments. LAPD officers have worked relentlessly to build and foster a relationship between the community and the police. Unfortunately, comments like those of Pastor Boyd only serve to tear down what has taken many years to cultivate.”


Comments (10)

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kevCopAz @ 2/5/2015 2:53 PM

"pastor" Boyd, you are either a fool or a advertising genius since your little church and your little reputation will be rewarded for this idiotic remark If your logic is followed then the "new Klan" also includes young Black males who don't wear robes, they were "colors" and "hip hop" dress and kill innocent Black youth. Rev you should know that one in your position should not lie, and you know this is a bold face lie. If you were in a real church under a real religious organization you would be relieved of your position. If you ran any sort of legitimate church, your own congregation would fire you for the lier and fool that you are. Shame on you for soling the collar that you wear and clearly do not deserve.

JoJo @ 2/5/2015 4:25 PM

I see the good reverend forgets the part of the bible that tells people to submit to authority. Instead of working towards peace he is inciting hate. I have never seen a police officer beat a subject who did what the officer told him to do. If you don't agree then go complain later, but do what you are told.

BT @ 2/5/2015 4:59 PM

Just what us LE people need. Another lunatic like Rev. Jeremiah Wright. This isn't helping matters.

Karen Jordy @ 2/5/2015 8:09 PM

Obviously, Pastor Boyd has no concept of what is going on! He states that officers are taking the lives of these young men BEFORE THEY'RE ABLE TO LEARN WHAT GOT HAS IN STORE FOR THEM...". However, the good book says that when we get to the age of individual sensibilities, that we will be able to know what God has in store for him. Considering that Pastor Boyd knows nothing about the FIRST step in a person's salvation, I would be loath to believe anything he told me in regard to religion or what's been happening on the streets.

132&Bush @ 2/5/2015 8:48 PM

What does the Pastor say when a young black man kills another young black man?

ftrnr @ 2/6/2015 3:36 AM

Another Sharpton puppet working as hard as he can to divide the community. Not all what I would expect from a respected pastor. He speaks to taking black and brown men, not "our youth." Perhaps the pastor should address raising your children to be valued and valuable members of society. Why not, "...another young man was shot and killed...." taking race out of it. Should he not care about all the children, not just the "black and brown" (remembering for stats many of the brown are reported as white since hispanic is ethnicity not race.) People like this "pastor" and Sharpton keep race hate alive because that is how they make money. If Sharpton and his cronies said it was getting better in America, he would have to find another way to stay wealthy. Raise your kids, be in their lives, make them great! White, black, brown, male or female....if you climb into any officer's car and try to kill them, expect to be shot. Nothing racist about it.

D. Edward @ 2/6/2015 3:55 AM

What about LAPD Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger, Commander Horace Frank, Captain Ann Young, and Officer James Hart? According to Pastor Boyd, are these fine black LAPD officers also considered Klansman who put on a blue uniform and a gold badge?

Captain @ 2/6/2015 5:39 AM

our secret is out

Matt @ 2/6/2015 7:01 AM

Or when a young black man murders an officer?

S.S. @ 2/12/2015 9:26 AM

yeah we're also the ones that are giving these guys the narcotics, the guns, and the alcohol so that they can go kill each other. not only are they offing themselves, but its OUR fault that theyre doing it. The parents are no where with these youths. The fathers are no where to be found. Where's the pastor on this issue? instead let's just blame it on the cops. What an asshole. Way to go pastor. You should give yourself a pat on the back.

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