I Support Our Officers

Let’s Talk Police Shootings

Let’s talk police shootings and racial discrimination. It is unfortunate we have to have this discussion but in this day and age it’s becoming the norm.

I want to make something perfectly clear upfront: I support our police officers. They, like our military, take an oath to uphold, defend and protect our freedoms by putting their very own lives on the line. That’s a huge commitment and a burden that shouldn’t be so quickly dismissed.

Is every, single officer in America perfect? No. Is every, single officer in America good? No. Is every, single officer in America above reproach? No.

But let us remember that neither are we.

I do believe the vast majority of officers are trying to do the right thing and are motivated by their desire to protect and defend. I can’t imagine being in life-and-death situations where you have an instant to make a decision that could mean your life. When an instant could mean the difference between your kids growing up without you; an instant where you simply no longer are.

But that’s what our officers face every, single day on the job. They put their lives, and by default their family’s lives, on the line every time they put on the uniform.

Once again our nation is thrown into the fire of dissention as we dissect and judge the decisions of our defenders.

Alton Sterling was shot by police on Wednesday outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I watched the two videos that have surfaced of this incident (the original one has the camera turning away at key moments while the second one has a very clear view of the incident from a different angle) and it’s very clear to see that he did have a gun.

But the mistake most people are making in their judgments of these situations is asking “what if that were me?” They are assuming that these men, like themselves, are law-abiding citizens. That these men did nothing wrong, as they would have been doing if it were them caught in this situation with police. They think, “I have a gun. Would I get the same treatment simply because I have a gun?”

The problem with this type of thinking is that you’re assuming the men involved in this situations were actually doing nothing wrong or that they complied with police once approached.

You would have complied but that doesn’t mean they did.

Some people are even saying that the mistakes of his past shouldn’t dictate who he is today

Even if you don’t want to take his criminal background into account, the fact of this situation was that police were called to the scene because it was reported he had a gun — so the police were indeed on high alert. Then, when he resisted them, it became clear to police he did in fact have a gun and was reaching for it with his free hand. Even though the police had tackled him, they were only attempting to neutralize him because he was resisting them. If he had complied and cooperated and was truly doing nothing wrong, the story might have turned out different.

It’s easy for us to say police should have handled it differently but I don’t know what I’d do in a life or death, split second-decision moment.

The media is largely liberal and left-leaning so I’m not surprised we have heard a lot about racial discrimination in the wake of this shooting. But it’s up to us to discern the facts from the propaganda.

Many are saying this police violence is happening “way too often,” but I wonder if it really is happening way too often or if it only appears that way. Psychology describes the Social Impact Theory of how people can be the sources or targets of social influence — basically how people can be manipulated. It describes the three things needed to have a social impact. A strong source of impact (strong emotional reaction), immediacy of the event (the democrat’s “never let a good crisis go to waste”) and many “sources” all making the same point.

We see this all the time with these types of racial discrimination stories. Ironically though, these same black lives matter people never want to discuss the dozens of black-on-black crimes that occur in areas like Chicago on a daily basis. It’s like it only matters if it’s a white man killing a black man. That seems questionable to me and makes it hard for me to believe there isn’t some hidden agenda behind these claims.

I also wonder why the Black Lives Matter leaders and protestors don’t ever call for peaceful means of protest? When they condone and celebrate and feel justified in the murder of whites and police officers, doesn’t it just make them the very thing they hate? Racial discriminators?

Our nation has seen much injustice this week.

Hillary Clinton will not be formally charged even though she was found to have committed wrong doing and acted with “gross negligence.”

The officer shootings in Dallas that took place in response to Sterling.

Our nation is at a critical crossroads. We can either divide or unite.

If we divide, we risk tearing apart our nation. But if we unite, there’s no stopping us.

We celebrated Independence Day a mere four days ago. In 1777, at the height of the Revolutionary War, the fledging United States faced a similar situation. Within their own ranks, they were a divided army. There were some top brass who felt they were entitled to more than they were getting. They had hidden agendas that betrayed the Americans to the British. But rather than letting them be divided, Washington turned his attention to uniting the newly independent states and it was the difference between victory and failure.

I believe that for all of us, the current circumstances should make us appreciate the difficult situations our police officers and military members are placed in every time they put on their uniform. While I do believe that government and law enforcement shouldn’t be unquestioned and not held above the law, I do believe we should not be so quick to judge the decisions of those who protect us. It does us no good if our nation is torn apart by the manipulative agenda of a few. Instead, we should focus, not on divisive judgments but on uniting together in the search for truth and justice.