Police, Citizens, And Polarity In America
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Police, Citizens, And Polarity In America

The sadness and tragedy of the situation in America.

Police, Citizens, And Polarity In America
Huffington Post

This week, I don't wish to approach a political problem, make a list of summer activities, talk about sports, or any other such thing. This week, I am going to write about a problem (PROBLEM, KEY WORD) that we have seen over and over again in the news. This is a problem that, unfortunately, has polarized our nation beyond anything the election could ever have done. This is the problem of interactions between police and citizens in our nation that we have seen over and over again.

First and foremost, I do not mean to say in any way that all police everywhere are the problem. They are not. I have met many police officers in my life, and I have never had a negative experience. However, we see over and over again in the news these videos of people being killed by officers in what would appear, to many of us, to be unnecessary killings. So I ask, what is the problem?

Many people say that this is a racial issue, that African American's are targeted by police officers on a regular basis. I do not believe this to be entirely true. While there may be cases of racially motivated targeting by officers, for almost every single video or case that I have heard of racially motivated targeting by police officers, I also hear a case of brutality or unnecessary force against a white citizen. We need to recognize that this is not just a black problem, a white problem, or any other race: it is an AMERICAN PROBLEM!

Beyond that, there is an inherent urge among many citizens to jump to justify the actions of police officers simply due to the nature of who they are. These are men and women who are sworn to serve and protect, to uphold the law. How could they ever do wrong? The fact of the matter is that they are people too, they are subject to human feelings and reactions. However, we must hold our police officers to a higher standard. Automatically trying to justify the actions of officers without looking at any evidence or without having any investigation is simply a folly. And this is not to say that all officers are out to commit acts of brutality or "throw their weight around" as an old saying goes. However, it would be simply preposterous to assume that, in the thousands, if not millions of police officers in our nation, there are not a few bad eggs among the bunch. Therefore I would ask, why is it so frowned upon that we would try to root out these bad eggs? I will not ever deny that their are some cases where uses of lethal force are justified, or that in many cases, the media may succeed in smudging details in these cases that we see to pin blame upon officers. However, after a certain amount of time of seeing similar cases over and over again, how can we pretend that their is no issue here?

At the end of the day, we also need to realize that there is no need to take sides in this issue. A person can both respect the law enforcement officers to who do their jobs superbly, who uphold the law, and who are respectful, honorable men and women, and also wish to hold these officers who appear to have possibly committed an act of brutality. We all need to realize that supporting one automatically pits you against the other.

I hope and pray that we can deescalate the situation that has become so prevalent in our society. We can support our police officers, and hold them to a high standard at the same time, and we can try to weed out the bad eggs. We can weep for the officers killed in Dallas, and pray that we can sort out the good cops from the bad. To all police officers, I pray for you, I pray that you are safe on the job, and that you come home to your family and friends at the end of the day. Stay safe out there! To all citizens, realize that not all officers are evil. Until we can come together to talk about and solve this issue, then we cannot hope to solve it. We are all Americans, none of us should fear the other, and I hope that we can learn to live in peace.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments