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What do you see when you see this picture?
If you see a “white” police officer killing a “black” man, you may be part of the problem that has plagued America for too long.
I see a police officer who is using excessive force against another man, ultimately causing his death
I don’t see this as a “black and white” issue but I also understand that I am not “programmed” the same as others and none of us have the same life experiences.
Only I know what is in my head and my heart and the same is true for everyone else as well.
I don’t make assumptions about anyone based on the color of their skin and I hope I am afforded me the same respect.
I do not know what is in the mind or heart of this police officer and cannot say whether he is racist or not.
What I can say about this police officer, based on the information available, is that he obviously was in the wrong profession for the wrong reasons. He was likely in it for the feeling of power and control over others that the position provided.
This is NOT the motivation of the majority of police officers when they decide to dedicate their lives to law enforcement. Most are caring individuals who truly want to serve and protect their communities to make life safer and better for everyone.
They know they will never become wealthy in this profession but value the reward of doing the right thing, even in the worst of circumstances.
If we are honest, those of us familiar with the law enforcement profession, know of others in the profession who are in it for the wrong reasons.
There needs to be a concerted effort within every law enforcement agency to identify these “bad apples” and remove them before they further stain the integrity of the rest and to restore the honor and integrity to their profession.
There are too many instances of police officers causing senseless deaths and this needs to stop. It is my honest belief that most people are good. There are obviously some bad people in this world, and some make it into the police departments.
The police departments need to do a better job of screening, training, and removing those people from their ranks before they cause harm. Restore the honor to those who deserve it by quickly removing and punishing those who abuse it.
Furthermore, there are career politicians who thrive on the division these incidents create and the media is complicit in their efforts to keep us divided. IMO, the one thing the career politicians in our government fear the most is all of us coming together as one.
In order to do this, we need to stop taking the bait and stop the knee-jerk reactions to bad news. We need to stop making assumptions about others based on their skin color. We need to start talking more. We need to listen more.
We need to try to understand each other more.
We need to come together as brothers and sisters.
We need to be “Americans”.❤️🇺🇸

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