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Cops and Civilians
Police brutality, against people of all races, has become a very severe issue in society today. 25% of officers surveyed stated they witnessed another officer harassing a citizen "most likely because of their race". 84% of officers surveyed said they have witnessed other officers use more force than necessary to make an arrest; while 67% of officers surveyed say that officers who report incidents of misconduct are likely to be given the "cold shoulder" by fellow officers. 49% of officers believe that the only way the criminal they arrest will receive any punishment at all, is to punish him or her themselves. Between 2002 and 2004, 10,000 police brutality complaints were filed with the Chicago Police Department alone, whereas only 19 resulted in meaningful consequences.
It is no doubt that police brutality has been brought to our attention more than ever before, as it should be; the public needs to be aware of these things. However, the amount of attacks on police for little to no reason is not doing us any justice. Take Ferguson, MO for example, looting and burning buildings. This will not help our cases, this will not help our chances in the justice system.
Think of it this way, a police officer is being tried for killing a teen holding something he just stole from a convenient store, but the father decides to take it into his own hands and attacks this officer that could possibly be getting jail time or his badge removed forever. It is going to be extremely hard for the judge not to reduce this officer's sentence or to remove his badge due to the justice system seeing that as "part-justice" because he took the law into his own hands. This is not how it should work, but unfortunately, it does.
I can see why this angers civilians across the nation, it's infuriating. I mean, you can't even send your child down to the gas station for a pop without constant worry. They can't be out past dark with a large group of people because it "might be a gang" and they could get searched randomly.
However, fellow Americans, we cannot let our anger and lust for revenge ruin us. We cannot be just like the police who do bad things. There has to be a balance. Our world is in turmoil and we can't allow this to go any further. When you decide to take the law into your own hands, there are consequences for that; just as there one day will be consequences for the police who abuse their power. If we continue to make it easy for the justice system to sympathize with law enforcement who abuse their power, we will never get our country back to the way it should be.
"A non-violent revolution is not a program of seizure of power. It is a program of transformation of relationships, ending in a peaceful transfer of power." -Mahatma Gandhi
So you see, revolution can be healthy for a country as long as its people do not destroy it further in the process.
What About That Billboard?
A man posted a photo of a billboard outside of a liquor store in Muncie, Indiana. It says "Hate cops? The next time you need help, call a crackhead!" And of course, just about everyone started sharing it saying "only in Muncie" or "shaking my head, how trashy". Here is my take on this notorious billboard:
I don't think this sign is trashy-at all. Actually, I think it's making a point. I am for both "sides" of cops and the all lives matter movement. You "hate" cops so much and talk about them in a degrading way an astonishing amount of times every day but you call them every 3 days to fix your problems. You "hate cops" but you call them constantly either when you're in danger, there's a brawl between your cousins at a family gathering, or just to scope out your neighborhood if you hear noises outside at night and you're alone. Yes, there are bad cops as stated above. However, they are not all the degrading, abusive, racist "pigs" you make them out to be. So yes, if you despise the police so terribly, stop calling them for every little thing. Don't expect help when you can't support the cause yourself.
In order to have peace, we must create it. Obafemi Awolowo once said "Violence never settles anything right; apart from injuring your own soul, it injures the best cause. It lingers long after the object of hate has disappeared from the scene to plague the lives of those who have employed it against their foes."
I Want Your Opinion!
You all know my take on this. You all have seen a lot of numbers and statistics on this very subject. I want your opinion. What is the line of reason for police? Should civilians take matters into their own hands? When is that acceptable? What is the line of reason? Do you have a personal story you'd like to share?
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