Cops are being target across the country at an alarming rate. They are being attacked and shot by members of racist and anti-police groups. It is maddening to think that these men and women who lay their life on the line daily to protect American citizens are becoming targets for people filled with hate.
There is not and can never be any justification for the cold blooding killing of public servants who sacrifice so much on a daily basis for the residents of their city. The people that attack police officers are gutless cowards who refused to look inward and work towards the change that they protest for and demand. Anyone who advocates for harm to a police officer or who is anti-cop needs to walk a day in the shoes of a police officer.
On the flip side of that, there must be room for police captains and police chiefs to look inward at their ranks and see if there may be any potential prejudice within their ranks. For instance, an unarmed black man was shot by the police in Miami on Wednesday.
Charles Kinsey was lying on the ground with his hands up next to a young man with autism from the group home he worked at. Kinsey had been trying to help out the patient and get him back to the group home. He identified himself to the police and the young man’s condition. In a tense scene, an officer shot Kinsey in the leg. When Kinsey asked the officer why he shot him, the officer replied “I don’t know.”
It’s understandable that officers are feeling extremely nervous and jumpy in the wake of the recent attacks on officers around the country. Still, when a citizen complies with every request the officer makes and is still shot, there has to be a discussion about policing or this problem will only continue to escalate.
What do you think should be done?