I just returned from the vigil at the Lakewood Police Station in memory of Daniel Covarrubias, shot last week by two Lakewood police officers.
The small crowd, largely young and diverse, plus a few members of the victim's family, listened to a few short speeches, then, carrying candles, marched to the scene of the homicide to place a memorial.
The crowd's burning question: Why hadn't the officers been interviewed as of Tuesday? Speakers pointed out that a civilian shooter would have been arrested immediately and interrogated, possibly at length.
While angry signs berated the police, photos of the deceased were titled: "Great Grandson of Chief Seattle."
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Where were the civic leaders of our community? No member of the City Council, city administration or Lakewood Police Department was evident, nor business leaders, members of our service clubs, church or youth leaders.
Twenty years ago our community came together to vote to become a city, organizing formally to govern ourselves. Where is our sense of community today? Have we become complacent? A man is dead, shot by police. Do we care?