The Rt. Rev. Morris Thompson, Bishop of Louisiana, writes about the death of Alton Sterling during an attempted early Tuesday in Baton Rouge:
As I turned on the television yesterday evening, my heart sank as I listened to the story of Alton Sterling being shot by two police officers in Baton Rouge. I have found myself deeply disturbed by the video of this encounter and while many details need to be sorted through, I continue to wonder why this situation unfolded in the manner that it did.
This tragic act in our community is profoundly upsetting and my heart mourns for all involved. During this time, I ask you to pray for the soul of Alton Sterling and for the consolation of his loved ones; for these police officers and their families; and for peace in the city of Baton Rouge, our state of Louisiana, and throughout our country.
Over the course of this past day I have recalled Dr. King’s words that “darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
May we do our best to be a source of light and love in this time of pain, confusion, and darkness.