For a long time, we have heard of building a wall along the Mexican border to deter fleeing persons from entering the U.S. from the south. Recently, we have begun to hear about a “blue wall” which is a longstanding code of conduct by police that discourages police from reporting misconduct and corruption of fellow police officers. Ever since recent deaths of Black persons at the hands of police, there is a growing awareness of need for police reform. One step in this reform is to break down the blue wall. A part of effective teamwork is to hold one another responsible for mistakes and poor practices, not cover them up. We need persons able to care for the public. Catholic social teachings can help give direction regarding: the dignity of each person, the call to build community, and special attention to persons struggling with poverty.
By Josue Behnen, OSB