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Sheriff’s Department Faces Backlash After Sharing Photo of Deputy Praying Before Shift

It was May 1 when Yucaipa Police Department Deputy Wedge prepared for his shift. He took a knee in front of his vehicle and bowed his head, lips moving silently in prayer.

Somebody from the department observed the scene, snapped a photo, and shared it online. “This morning we caught #YucaipaPD Deputy Wedge in the parking lot of the station,” read the photo’s caption on Twitter.

“He was kneeling in front of his PD vehicle,” the caption continued. “Trying not to interrupt we snapped a photo.”

https://twitter.com/YucaipaPD/status/991408903484129280

What was on the deputy’s heart that day? The well-being of his community.

“He politely shared that he was praying for his partners safety and the community,” Yucaipa police said.

The majority of viewers loved the image. They responded with support and praise for Deputy Wedge, thanking him for the prayer.

“We need more kneeling like this,” one Twitter user wrote. “It’s about others.”

https://www.facebook.com/sbcountysheriff/posts/1702920189773781:0

A handful of commenters, however, felt the post was inappropriate. “I support his right to pray if he wishes, but I also feel this post is inappropriate for a government agency to be making,” wrote one Facebook user.

“You should not be publicly promoting a religion, any religion,” the commenter continued. “This is not about being negative or hateful, it is just a fact.”

Some people agreed, arguing that social media posts by government agencies should reflect the separation of church and state.

But really, folks, most social media users clapped back with support for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

The image is exactly the kind of thing people need to see.

“There are not enough prayers to be said for the thankless and dangerous job our men and woman do,” said one Facebook user. “They respond when called, without regard of the political and religious beliefs of those calling.

“And for that, I am so very thankful and appreciative.”

The vast majority of viewers took the image for what it was: one moment in one officer’s life. An officer taking a personal moment to prepare spiritually and emotionally for an unpredictable shift.

The officer’s example ought to be reciprocated, commented one woman on Twitter. “May we all take a knee and pray for our peacemakers who CHOOSE to protect and serve,” she said.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Shannon Long

    July 1, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    What’s wrong with praying before your shift? Absolutely NOTHING!!! I applaud him and anyone else who does prior to their work shifts or anything else in their lives if it makes them feel better.

  2. Olivia Pikus

    July 1, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    I would Pray anywhere I wanted to Pray’ God Bless This Man. \

  3. Kimberly

    July 1, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    There will always be haters. People should always have the freedom to pray at any time through any religion of the persons choosing.

  4. Alvetta Atwell

    July 1, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Since The praying police officer was not speaking to others about his religion, I do not feel his prayer was inappropriate. Those who claim he was are just looking for something to find fault with. In the scriptures we are told to pray without ceasing. So I commend that officer for his talking to his Savior before beginning his shift. Too bad others don’t follow his example. This Country would be much better off if many others would do likewise. No matter where I am if I feel like praying I will. And I won’t be doing it to offend others, but because there is a good reason why I talk to the Father. In a restaurant, I ask the blessing, and thank the Father for the food. If that offends someone, I make no apologies for it. My Father’s opinion is much more important to me than man’s. If anyone doesn’t like, let them turn their head away so they can’t see what I’m doing. Praise the Lord for that police officer.

  5. paulette

    July 1, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    SP BECAUSE HE WAS PRAYING HE WAS PROMOTING A RELIGION? HOW ABOUT ALL YOU ANTI CHRIST STUFF IT,IT HIS RIGHT TO PRAY AND THERES NOT ONE THING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT OTHER THEN WHY DONT YOU TRY PRAYING INSTEAD OF CONDEMNING IT

  6. Wayne Rippy

    July 1, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    I support this man and the police force he is in. May God bless this man a jillion times over.

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