Blue Lives Matter Too
Black Lives Matter, Lack of Respect for Police and Reform
In 2012, after the acquittal of George Zimmerman, a Hispanic man accused of shooting and killing black teen Trayvon Martin, the organization "Black Lives Matter" was founded. Black Lives Matter states that it "is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society." Black Lives Matter also states that they are a movement aimed at black liberation. Since the time of its founding, the movement has been a prominent presence at protests and rallies against the police in our country. The movement has led the cries of police brutality and racism toward blacks.
Ever since, every time a black person is killed by a white cop, people in our country deem the police officer racist. America has become such a sensitive country to everything. Years ago, the public was not involved in what police did and didn't do. These days, a police officer can't arrest someone of the opposite race without being called racist. Not only that, but the press tends to only releases the stories that are white officer vs. black criminal. The African American community takes these cases to heart, and twists things to make the police officer seem racist. There have been plenty of Black Lives Matter protests and marches that have become violent. These events lead to violence towards police officers. There was a sniper attack on police in Dallas during a Black Lives Matter march, leaving five dead and seven injured. The number of cops killed in the line of duty has doubled since last year.
Since all the rioting has started, police recruitment has reportedly dropped significantly. People are becoming afraid to protect our country because of the hate and violence towards them for it. A decade ago, there were 3,000 applicants for 10 openings with the Seattle police, the department says. Now there are 1,000 applicants for 70 positions — a drop of more than 90 percent.
Not only that, but they don't show you the many other mixed race law cases. You don't see white people rioting because a white person got shot by a black cop. A professor from Harvard did a study on whether or not there is a racial bias in police shootings. "On the most extreme use of force, - officer involved shootings, - we find no racial differences, in either the raw data or when contextual factors are taken into account.", said Harvard economics professor Roland G. Freyer Jr. Freyer is a black man. This goes to show that not everyone has the same negative opinion on police officers. "It is plausible that racial differences in lower level uses og force are simply a distraction and movements such as Black Lives Matter should seek solutions within their own communities rather than changing the behaviors of police and other external forces.", said Freyer.
Plans for reform
I believe in another effort for reform, we need to start respecting the police. Cops are there for us to protect our communities and to keep us safe. Police officers only resort to violence if absolutely needed. Our country needs to stop criticizing police officers, and start letting them do their job. If we as a country can start doing this then we won't have such problems.