Why don’t protesters try to recognize and respect the good cops? I am willing to bet its because we haven’t heard any cop, good or bad, publicly take a stand against police corruption. How can we trust a good cop if all the good cops are condoning the practices of their corrupt associates? Who are we to trust when police union chiefs are photographed with shirts that read “We CAN Breathe”?
When all this really started to gain momentum, the law enforcement as a whole drew together to protect their own, regardless of the case. The protesters demand justice and accountability, and the good cops responded with indifference. The mayor released a statement about his concerns about his young black son on the streets of New York, and instead of providing assurances of the mayor’s concerns, the entire #NYPD turned their backs on him.
If the police want the protesters to stop, then the police should stop giving reasons to protest. If they want us to treat good cops differently, then let the good cops speak up against the bad ones. Otherwise, the protesters have to assume good cops protecting bad cops are just as bad.
I hate having to have such a stand. I have friends and family members who wear the badge. I understand the pride and honor that comes with service, just like i felt when i served in the Navy. To say something bad about one of your own is a form of betrayal.
But we are not talking about fudging timesheets or bending the rules to help extreme cases. We are talking about the growing numbers of citizens who are being violently assaulted and sometimes killed by a police officer in the line of duty. The small-but-systemic groups of rogue cops are using fear and intimidation as tools of oppression, and that puts the lives of citizens and fellow officers at greater risk than necessary.
I worry about my friends who protest. I worry about my friends that have to respond to the protests. Both sides are populated with good people with the best of intentions. Both sides are putting eachlther in danger. There are grievances that need to be addressed. Lets get them addressed.