Unheard behind the screams of police brutality and Black Live matter are the gunshots fired at Police Officers and silence from the White House as Obama pretends everything is fine. In spite of more officers being killed by ambush, gunned down on the street while on duty there are cries of abuse of power and idiots trying to record these abuses. With a snippet from a cellphone recording, Officers are tried in the court of public opinion.
How long until the protectors start pushing back?
In Baltimore, complaints of oppressive policing policies resulted in riots that the Mayor sanctioned and ordered police not to respond. In the aftermath, the police gave the service that the community demanded and violent crime soared. The backlash? Complaints that the police were providing less service to black communities because of racial motivation.
Just in the month of February we have had a run of tragedy in the policing community. Where is the resulting protest? What about the condemnation of the acts where the perpetrator states that the act was intended as reprisal against police?
For our Blue Family, we have done what we always do. We gather in our circles, closing ranks to protect each other as best we can, knowing that we are all vulnerable. Still, we endure. Still, we patrol the most violent and dangerous areas of cities like Detroit, Chicago, Los Angles and Philadelphia. We show restraint more often than not. For how much longer?
It feel like we are the guard dogs, being teased and beaten. We try to remain loyal because it’s not everyone who joins in the abuse. Not everyone joins in the abuse, but almost no one helps protect us either. We loose a little trust everyday, just a small part withdraws. We are less likely to take risks for others because everyone is starting to look like our tormentors. When we do act, we are hounded by people threatening us, our lives and livelihoods. Why act when it’s easier to just clean up the mess and not take the risk.
There is s Thin Blue Line of man and women sworn to fight to protect others, to risk that other might live better. On one side are the peaceful citizens in need of protection. On the other side of the line are the criminals and predators who would attack them. More people cross the line everyday. Not because they are preying on the weak and innocent but because they have started attacking the line. We represent less than 1% of the population and we are under attack. How much longer before we are reduced to protecting ourselves more than the weak and innocent?