This is Not the Way: How Violence towards Police Makes Matters Worse

Following numerous grand jury decisions not to indict police officers involved in questionable shootings, many have staged protests in the streets and through various social media avenues. But some individuals have gone too far.

On the afternoon of December 20th, 2014, two NYPD officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, were executed by Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley as revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Later that Michael Brownnext week, several people were detained for making terroristic threats against the NYPD. In Los Angeles and Florida, cops were shot at while sitting in their patrol cars. Unfortunately, there are some individuals that have supported and commended these actions.

I must personally say that this way of thinking and behavior is the last thing the Black community needs at this particular moment in time.

In my opinion, anyone who supports random acts of violence against the police is quite foolish, to say the least. How on earth can we as a community cry out against police brutality and senseless violence and then sanction the senseless and needless death of innocent Ferguson 1police officers?  At this juncture in time when there is so much tension between police and civilians, the last thing we need is foolish behavior that endangers lives and exacerbates this already hostile situation. Actions like this will only make things worse.

There is a stereotype held by some that African Americans are hyper-violent, aggressive individuals who have no respect for authority. Violent behavior by our own towards law enforcement officers, unfortunately gives credence to that notion, which in turn could lead to officers being more inclined to be aggressive and violent towards African American civilians.

I must ask the members of our community who utter phrases like  “Kill the cops”, or “All cops are bad cops” to please refrain from doing so. It is extremely  hypocritical to ask that law enforcement not label us all as criminals and wrongdoers, when we in turn assert that all cops are bad. We cannot have our cake and eat it too .There are good cops and there are bad cops just like there are good and bad people in our race and every race.  The bad individuals  are the exception and not the rule.

Given the on-going discussions concerning police brutality, the Black community should act in a constructive fashion.  And last time I checked, random violence towards the police is a far distance from constructive. Instead of acting violently towards law enforcement we as Americans should be actively encouraging our legislators and leaders of our local municipalities  to reform the grand jury system and  current policing procedures. Lastly, I ask one question: To anyone sanctioning these actions against officers, if it was your family member that was randomly and senselessly attacked would you think it was ok?

Alexander Goodwin


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