The only absolutist statement that should be made about last week’s killings is absolutely no one should ever target police to make demented points.
Last Wednesday was a dark day in our nation, our state and in the city of Dallas, when a lone black gunman opened fire on white policemen, killing five and injuring seven others.
Hopefully, the tragedy will galvanize us to stand together, to stop talking past one another and to take action that creates a more peaceful society. (We’re looking at you, uncompromising politicians.)
We should heed the words of Dallas Police Chief David Brown and Mayor Mike Rawlings. Both men showed class, yet stern resolve in the face of this awful event.
Chief Brown on Monday asked protesters to sign up and join him behind the badge. Having people police their own communities is the best way to repair suspicion and build stronger neighborhoods.
Police protected the protesters’ right to peaceful assembly, as guaranteed in the First Amendment. They shielded protesters directly as bullets rained down from a malcontent. That level of bravery and dedication is rarely seen in John and Jane Q. Public.
Brown also brought up the important point that we ask cops to do too much, from parenting, to solving school problems, to dealing with mental health, to guessing who is the good guy or the bad guy carrying a gun.
He also brought up pay issues and the difficulty in recruiting with low pay and expecting cops to raise families in an expensive market. Our local law enforcement leaders can relate to that.
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