Police lives matter

Police lives matter

Police shootings from an officer’s son point of view

BY DYLAN RANDOLPH, EDITOR IN CHIEF

In the past two years the media has been filled with headlines such as “Unarmed black male shot by white cop” only to be preceded by a story about a police officer who had been shot and killed in the line of duty. However, the immediate differences in these issues are the public outrage that follows each of these shootings.
When Michael Brown was shot and killed on August 9, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri, the public rioted with outrage, tearing apart their city as a demonstration of their anger aimed towards local law enforcement. Nearly a month later on December 20, 2014 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of New York City, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, two police officers were shot and killed just simply sitting in their squad car. The gunman who assassinated these two officers then made a second attempt on a police officer in Brooklyn, but was stopped due to his gun jamming before he could fire off the shots.

Outrage should not be about race, outrage should be about innocent lives being lost. (Image from denverpost.com)

According to Dailynews. com, the gunman had posted on social media earlier that day stating, “They took one of ours, we take two of theirs,” referring to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. After these two police officers were innocently shot and killed in cold blood, there were no protests, no public outrage, no petitions and certainly no rallies with shirts and signs saying, “Police lives matter.”
How is it that police officers can be gunned down and no one bats an eye, but as soon as another innocent individual is shot and killed everyone loses their minds? There is no difference between these individuals whatsoever; people should take a stand because innocent lives are being taken; not because race is made an issue by the media. In fact, Politifact.com said, “At the end of 2013, ninety percent of African Americans were killed by other African Americans.” How come there was no public outrage about that? It seems that people only take a stand when the media tries to make things a white on black issue.
The website Omdp.org has stated that since January 1st, 2016 there have been 71 police officers killed in the line of duty, including the five officers that were gunned down by a sniper in Texas as well as the officers’ shot and killed in Louisiana. These shootings were not protested even though these officers were just doing their job protecting the public.
No one is saying that black lives do not matter, every life matters. White lives, black lives, Hispanic lives and every other nationality, sexuality and so on; no one should have to suffer the remorse of losing a loved one to a tragic shooting. However, people to need let go of the racial barriers that the media outlets implant in their minds about an issue that is not about white on black or black on white. It is simply about the violence needing to come to an end.
My father was a decorated Sergeant of the City of Wayne Police Department for over twenty years and in all those years of service I have never been this worried about his well being while on the job as much as I worry now. With people constantly targeting police officers in an “eye for an eye” attacks daily every time I hear on the news “Another officer has lost their life today” my heart drops. Being surrounded by law enforcement my entire life I have grown with a bond not many people can say they have. Every time another officer is killed I wear the thin blue line just like every other officer of the law does.
The criminals aren’t just destroying one family, but a brotherhood of men and women who swore their lives to defend the people who are now targeting them. People need to stop killing police officers because they feel they need retribution. It is time to realize this issue is not about race like the media claims it to be, no more innocent lives should be taken.