Yesterday, as reported extensively here on Matzav.com, thousands of bnei Torah in Lakewood, NJ, led by their esteemed roshei yeshiva, took part in the funeral of Officer Christopher Matlosz, who was shot in the line of duty on Friday. The Lakewood frum community joined in the procession paying last respects to the officer.
Maran Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman was informed this morning that the city of Lakewood was being closed to traffic for the funeral of the officer who was shot to death.
Rav Shteinman responded that it is a very important display of respect, since the murder of a police officer is so significant and such a devastating crime, because it creates an atmosphere in which there is no fear for the law. As the Gemara says, explained Rav Shteinman, if not for fear of the government, people would commit crimes against their fellow man, destroying humanity.
Indeed, those who attended or heard about today’s funeral, or watched videos online and viewed photos of the event, have remarked that it was a great display of respect and a kiddush sheim Shomayim on the part of the Torah community of Lakewood.