Pastor Defends Charlotte Police Officer

Pastor Defends Charlotte Police Officer

Photo:  Charlotte police officer Brentley Vinson, 26 (L), and his pastor, Loran Livingston of Central Church (R).

The pastor of Brentley Vinson, the black 26-year-old police officer and former Liberty University football player who shot and killed 43-year-old Keith Scott in a controversial incident that sparked widespread public protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, last Tuesday, defended him in a church service Sunday as a fine young man.

“This awful tragedy in our city has hit so close to home,” Pastor Loran Livingston of Central Church said in a Time Warner Cable report. “The officer involved, who did his sworn duty, is a member of our church, who grew up in our church, and you will not find a finer young man. His parents are here this morning. They are my friends, and for 25 years they have been a part of this church.”

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According to The News & Advance, however, Vinson, who played three years for the Liberty Flames football team, was a fierce competitor of faith who ran a popular Bible study group with his teammates called Gridiron.

“I can honestly say I wouldn’t want to play ball anywhere else. And it’s not just football. Spiritually, I wouldn’t be where I am. I wouldn’t know Christ and have a relationship with Christ like I do if I hadn’t come to Liberty. It’s just a testament to God’s timing,” said Vinson about playing for Liberty.


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1 Comment

  1. Cap Black

    The officer represents the kind of American who can save the inner city. Sadly, the dead subject personifies the type of American destroying the inner city.

    I type this as an UrbanSafetyist ( advocate & grassroots consultant ) creating safety in unsafe areas by mobilizing citizens I call hostages and actively promoting supporting police as integral to the process!

    Thank you for telling the other side of the story!

    I am your American Brother!

    #IUniteWithBlue ( police ).

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