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Video: L.A. Pastor Issues Apology After Sermon About Police, KKK

February 06, 2015  | 

VIDEO: L.A. Pastor Issues Apology After Sermon About Police, KKK

The senior pastor of a prominent Los Angeles church has issued an apology after controversial comments during a sermon delivered weeks ago, reports KCAL.

The apology by Pastor J. Edgar Boyd of the First AME Church may end weeks of tension over his remarks purportedly comparing law enforcement officers to the Ku Klux Klan.

After those remarks, the Los Angeles Police Protective League issued a statement saying they were "deeply disturbed and astonished" by the pastor's comments. On Sunday, Mayor Eric Garcetti also responded, stating: "We cannot equate the white robe of the night rider with the blue uniform of the police officer, and we must not equate dark skin with dark intent."

But in a new video posted on the church's website, Boyd is seen apologizing to those who may have been offended by comments in the sermon.


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

Comments (9)

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ftrnr @ 2/7/2015 8:04 AM

I might be more inclined to believe his apology was sincere if I could actually find the video on the first ame website. Seems am insincere apology to take some heat off so he can get back to his hate speech. It made the news and was spoken of here so I guess it worked.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/7/2015 8:27 AM

Getting caught and being forced to apologize is not an excuse for bad behavior. The minister should also pay punitive damages to the national Fraternal Order of Police. That would be a better start for a real apology.

VoiceofReason @ 2/7/2015 9:20 AM

Pastor Boyd's apology seems rather disingenuous and anemic given the polarizing nature his comments. That he would analogize the Klan with law enforcement is indicative of a startling lack of the intellectual sophistication. Many of us expect far more of a doctor of theology, particularly when one is so influential in Los Angeles. Shameful.

Doc @ 2/7/2015 11:44 AM

I really didn't hear an apology in there!

Henry Johnson @ 2/7/2015 3:58 PM

The First AME Church in Los Angeless is so powerful and influential in the community. That message sent hate against the men and women of the LAPD. The pastor should be ashamed. That sermon will lead to violence and bloodshed.
The pastor should focus a sermon about stopping the killing.

plato's playdough @ 2/8/2015 2:20 AM


African Methodist Episcopalian Church. No Mention of American, there, did you get that?

I guess they didn't have enough room on their outdoor signage for AAME. Or maybe they didn't want anyone to get them confused with NAACP.

Note for later, kids... Be sure to smile real big but look real sorry when mommy catches you with your hand in the cookie jar.

jreb @ 2/8/2015 3:17 AM

"But in a new video posted on the church's website, Boyd is seen apologizing to those who may have been offended by comments in the sermon."

Those who MAY have been offended. Those "comments" were clearly INTENDED to be offensive, insulting, and hateful. I'm sorry, but that was NOT an acceptable apology nor was it sincere.

Federali @ 2/8/2015 11:02 PM

So he apologizes for what he said earlier.... does that really change how/what he feels or thinks!?!

Bruce @ 7/2/2015 5:33 PM

Right after the L.A. riots the then minister, Cecil Murray, met with the officers and brass of Southwest Division as part of a training day. He proceeded to show his racist roots and embarrassed the other guests, including a city councilman and the owner of a fried chicken chain, both of whom were black.

What summed it up was when a black officer stood up in defense of the white officers. Cecil looked at him and stated, 'You must be a bourgeois n.....r! Everyone got up and just walked out and Cecil never did apologize to the officer. Glad to see things have not changed any in south L.A.

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