Stop Blaming the Police!
In the past year there has been a plethora of incidents involving the police using their firearms, as there is every year. But I have noticed a different tone with shootings involving the police this year. It’s always the officer’s fault that the individual got shot and, usually, killed.
In 99% of all cases the officers were justified by their actions in firing their pistol. They did it in accordance with the ‘Use of Force’ policies that all law enforcement and security agencies are obligated to follow. So why are we constantly blaming the police for doing their job.
The police officers on the street are not there because it’s a safe and comfortable job. They are there for one reason. They want to protect the public from harm, whatever that may be. And sometimes that includes laws we don’t necessarily agree with. But I can guarantee you we may not like it, until we need them!
Here is a partial list of recent incidents in which police were blamed for some sort of misconduct when they were actually doing their job and/or the individuals were being stupid and acting like idiots;
The 13-year-old boy in Santa Rosa, CA. who was carrying a replica AK-47. The sheriff’s deputy asked him to drop the rifle, from approx. 30 yards away. Instead he raised it, barrel first, towards the officers.
The 12-year-old who was shot and killed carrying a realistic looking air pistol near a playground in Ohio. It had no orange tip on it identifying it as a toy. And when told to drop it, reached for it, and this was after 3 commands to drop the weapon.
Ferguson, MO. A police officer fearing for his life with a 6’4”285 lb. 18-year-old assaulted him in his vehicle and attempted to take his weapon.
In Mississippi, a car load of underage youths who were pulled over for speeding. When approached by the officer, they sped off. They then turned onto another road and slammed into a tree killing a 15-year-old girl. None of the teens had a license and the car was stolen. The officer did not have time to start a pursuit of the vehicle.
The mother who blamed 2 uniformed Phoenix police officers for the death of her son, who had jumped off his bicycle and shot at the officers, striking one. When cornered he committed suicide. This 20 something had spent 8 years in prison for a drive by shooting and was a known gang member.
These are just a few of the incidents that I can name off the top of my head. And isn’t it just ironic that every single victim of the police was innocent and did absolutely nothing wrong? And it was the police officer who was using brutality and other such Gestapo tactics to kill these poor innocents?
By blaming the police when they don’t deserve it, we are setting ourselves up to disrespect authority and turning to anarchy. Yes, I’m a firm backer of law enforcement. And 99%, if not more, of the officers and agents that are on the street do absolutely nothing wrong. Now do they ever pull their weapons.
Yet as the old phrase said one bad apple spoils the whole bunch. Because one officer does something wrong the entire 3 million, or more, law enforcement officers are all bad.
If an officer does something wrong, and it’s proven, I am usually the first one to say, figuratively, hang’em! But for all the rest, they do a job that literally only 1 in 12 million attempts. They are the ones who take bullets for us and help people trapped in burning cars when the fire department hasn’t arrived yet.
So before we blame the law enforcement officer who kills another person by accident we need to ask ourselves, especially the parents of these idiots, ‘What did my kid do to provoke the officer?’ Not the easiest thing to do when grieving, but one that is necessary. And friends and family also need to ask this question without throwing verbal bombs at the departments and calling racism and unjust.
As a side note, all of the victims above were either black or Hispanic. Not one case, outside local newscasts will it be reported that a white person who did the same thing make the national media.
Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace violence prevention and other security issues. With numerous interviews, blogs, articles, and 2 books he has proven himself in the security arena for more than 31 years, and 23 studying workplace violence issues.
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