This blog can be very critical of police, both locally and nationally. Unfortunately, whether through negligence or malice, many citizens in the US are unjustifiably killed by the police. This is especially egregious given that minorities seem to be being killed at a much higher percentage than white Americans.
However, the “Middle Eastern eye for an eye style” assassination of two (non-white) police officers in New York shows the horrific side of some peoples justified anger. Revenge killing or taking “an eye for an eye” is not the answer. In fact, it’s domestic terrorism and anyone professing to agree with that kind of cowardly act is only helping to increase the problems and the continued militarization of our police force. Killing people, just because of the uniform they wear, isn’t justified or an anyway okay.
There are institutional problems with policing to be sure. The protests in New York, D.C., and around the country, Editorials, LTE’s and ranting on a blogs like we do, is helping to bring notice of the issues. Bringing awareness and putting pressure on the politicians and police is the way in which to help create the changes that are needed. Violence against police is not the answer.
The actions by that individual in New York were despicable. Our hearts go out to the families of those slain officers, and we are thankful for the good officers that go out and put their lives on the line to keep us safe. There are true heroes among the ranks of those in uniform. Changes need to be made, but we’re sure the community minded officers throughout the US feel the same way. Violence will only bring us backwards, and anyone professing that is viable the way to end police violence is out of their freakin’ mind or a liar, plain and simple.