Photo Shared Of Deputy Praying Causes Sheriff's Department To Face Unexpected Repercussions
FaithTap Staff 7/2/2018
With all of the chaos happening around our country, it's nice to hear of our policemen and women taking the time out of their day to do something selfless for their community. However, when one officer from Yucaipa Police Department in California did exactly that, the Internet went up in arms.
How could such a small, kind gesture cause so much backlash?
Thankfully, people all over the country are coming to the officer's side and supporting his actions...
It all started when Yucaipa Police Department Deputy Wedge took a quick break outside of his police vehicle before his shift started. Instead of chugging a cup of coffee or downing a quick snack, Deputy Wedge leaned over and did something that caught his fellow officers by surprise.
Thankfully, someone was able to quietly snap a picture - and it was later shared online with the caption:
"This morning we caught Yucaipa PD Deputy Wedge in the parking lot of the station. He was kneeling in front of his PD vehicle. Trying not to interrupt we snapped a photo.
He politely shared that he was praying for his partner's safety and the community."
While this photo was clearly a private moment between Deputy Wedge and God, people started to complain about the police department promoting religion. One Facebook user wrote:
"I support his right to pray if he wishes, but I also feel this post is inappropriate for a government agency to be making. You should not be publicly promoting a religion, any religion. This is not about being negative or hateful, it is just a fact."
Not everyone felt the same way - as many rushed to defend the officer and point out the critics' hypocrisy. Another Facebook user explained how backward the judgment directed at Deputy Wedge felt, in their eyes.
"Anyone offended by this better take a long, good look at themselves. I imagine if you are ever in a position to need the help of any officer or first responder, you'd be praying to God right after you made that 9-1-1 call."
With so many users commenting on Deputy Wedge's kneeling prayer, the San Bernadino County Sheriff's Department took to Facebook to share their own message of gratitude. They said:
"Thank you all for your support, prayers, and appreciation. It means a lot to us."
No matter what religion you follow or whether you believe in a higher being at all, we can appreciate an officer taking time to wish their partner and community well. But what do you think?