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July 18, 2016

Smyrna, Ga. – A Cobb County man is in jail for impersonating a police officer.

Smyrna police said 23-year-old Bryant Brough’s SUV looked so much like a law enforcement vehicle, at first glance, even they were fooled.

According to investigators, the white Tahoe had sirens, lights, even a mount for a computer next to the driver’s seat.  Officers said inside the vehicle they found a tactical helmet, vests, 535 rounds of ammo, two glocks and two long guns. Police said they also found a badge from the Atlanta Police Department.  Smyrna Police pulled the driver over in a parking lot off Concord Road. Officials said Brough got out of his car with his GUN.

He immediately took up a tactical position behind the door and was standing there with his firearm OUT of the case at his side,” said Smyrna Police Officer Louis Defense.

Police said it was a tense and dangerous situation, magnified by the recent police shootings across the nation, but the officers were able to convince Brough to put down his weapon. “This was clearly a situation that could have escalated into a lethal force, through their skillful verbal commands and de-escalation tools, they were able to get the guy to surrender,” said Officer Defense.

Why officers allow a man standing with his firearm out of the case at his side and calmly talk him to surrender. Black men are shot down without the presence of a gun. They don’t have the luxury opportunity to choose if they “live or die”. Why didn’t the officers fear for their life in this incident? This is the same defense officers use when they shoot down black men. Every family member wants their love one to come home at the end of the day; regardless of their skin color or pin on a badge. Jesus is the only Common Denominator to mediate these shootings.

Police and citizens have to realize death is final. Growing up, we all played with cap pistols. We would play “cowboys and Indians; police officer and the criminals”. We would shoot each other down and we would play dead. Now, people are still playing with guns, but they are not cap pistols; they are real. When the trigger is pulled, we don’t get up after playing dead for five minutes. Death is real. “Put your sword back in it place, Jesus said unto him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52) We all need to put our guns back into it holster. Reach for love and compassion before pulling our guns. This goes for officers and citizens. The body of Christ is not divided, how can we be divided? “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come.” (Mark 3:24-26)

The enemy is fulfilling his assignment by stealing our love one life, killing innocent officers and citizens, destroying families and separating races of people. In God eyes, one life is not more important than another. God has no respect of person and God will judge and repay every wrong-doers. I am just a fore-runner crying in the wilderness. “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand”. (Matthew 3:2)

Prayer: Father, my heart aches when I hear of the evil and un-camoflagued discrimination of taking innocent lives of the Africa-American males upon this earth. I know You are still in control. Vengeance is Yours and You will repay. I know You said “to be angry but sin not”. Father, we need Thee right now. We need Thee every hour and every minute. We ask You to heal the land and draw sinners unto You. We just can’t do it on our own. Create in us a clean heart and renew a right Spirit within us. Lord, please send a revival to this evil and sin-sick world. As we lift You up, we ask You to draw hard-hearts, sinners,, back-sliders and those that don’t know You or accept You as their personal Savior.

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  1. Good observation, I too noticed the difference in that standoff.

  2. Marion Relefourd permalink

    Right pastor I think that if it was a black man he would not have a chance.

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