Should what happened in Dallas come as a surprise?
For years we have been inundated with misleading, inflammatory rhetoric about an array of subjects; the war on this or that, the unfairness of one thing or the other, misinformation about Social Security and even pay discrimination against women, student loan debt and who earns the minimum wage. Why should the performance of our police be any different?
When a black man is killed by police they are always a “victim” as if there were no circumstances of their doing placing them at risk. After the fact, the press recites “unarmed” endlessly creating the impression a police officer was simply using his “victim” for target practice. They never question how a police officer often faced with a potential threat was supposed to know in a split second all the facts that reveal themselves after an incident.
Sen. Sanders decries the unfairness of minority incarceration , but ignores the statistics that are the root cause.
A billionaire funds Black Lives Matter, regardless of the underlying purpose of that movement. Or, that is was based on false information to begin with or that a black man faces a far greater risk of being shot by another black man than a police officer.
Politicians and much of the press are undermining public confidence in the police, making it harder for them to do their job, placing them at risk and gradually causing the police to back off doing their job for fear of repercussions or retaliation thereby increasing the crime, especially in urban areas. There should be absolute support for the police not ideology based mincing of words and vague statements littered with caveats.
In short, politicians, mostly on the left, have spent the last seven years dividing our nation and pitting one group against another. Their doing so with the police is just the example with the most physical damage from riots and looting and now to outright assassinations.
Put on a police uniform and walk a beat or drive a patrol car in the highest crime districts of Chicago, Detroit, New York, Newark, Washington, DC., St Louis or L.A. Stop a suspicious car on a dark night. Confront a group of roudy men in a housing project. Run into a dark alley or stairwell or knock on a door in a run down building after receiving a report of gun fire.
After you have done all that and felt the stress, apprehensive, fear, anxiety and abuse, then see how easily you can condemn the actions of the police.
We put our police in danger, we give them weapons, do we seriously expect perfection and never an overreaction or poor judgement or outright accident? Our police departments are made up of human beings just like the rest of us. Somewhere in their midst are a bad apple or two, but it is certainly a tiny percentage. Police officers don’t start their day hoping to add another notch on their gun handle. I suspect they fear even having to remove a gun from its holster because doing so means they are in serious trouble.
The pen surely is mightier than the sword and so is the mouth of a politician. Both are destroying our nation.
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