My wife directed me to this Facebook post by a friend of ours who works for the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office, headquartered on Highway 61. I’ve taken her name off the top in the screen grab, because the important thing is this man’s deed. Look:
UPDATE: My wife is on her way to Baton Rouge. She sends this photo below of traffic on Highway 61. Officer Gerald’s funeral cortege is passing by. His is the first of three police officer funerals we will have locally in the next few days. This is going to happen with each man — all slain by Gavin Long. Everyone is pulled over to do him honor. One of the great things about living in the South is people here still pull over on the shoulder of the road when a funeral procession goes by.
“All traffic is stopped in both direction,” she tells me. “People have abandoned their cars and are standing there waiting to watch him pass by. There are cars parked on the shoulders of every road for as far as I can see.”
UPDATE.2: My wife just texted from the roadside, where she and our middle son are paying their respects to Ofc. Gerald. They stood next to a black mom and her son doing the same thing. “You could tell she was making sure he understood what he was seeing,” she texts. “Not at all just a white crowd showing respect, thank God.”
Amen to that. May good people of all races show solidarity with each other against the diabolic forces that seek to tear us apart.