I attended the Thursday vigil at the Lakewood Police Station in memory of Daniel Covarrubias, killed last week by two Lakewood Police officers at a lumber yard near Lakewood’s Park and Ride.
The small crowd, mostly fairly young and diverse, plus a few members of the victim’s family, listened to a few short speeches, and, carrying candles, marched to the scene of the homicide, to place a memorial there.
The crowd’s burning question was why hadn’t the officers been interviewed as of a full week after the shooting? Speakers pointed out that a civilian shooter would have immediately been arrested and interrogated, possibly at some length.
Some angry signs berated the police. Photos of the deceased were titled: Great Grandson of Chief Seattle.
My burning question was 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?
Community still matters; we have to work together to build and keep it. We have to talk to each other, black, brown, white, young, and old.
Have we grown complacent?