We need to support the police
Enough is enough, but this is way too much to continue unchallenged. The Black Lives Matter movement, the media and criminals have been allowed to attack the police without challenge for too long. The Washington Post has stated that over 900 police may or may not be responsible for the deaths of black people in one year. A front page Post article June 22 [“Nationwide study sheds light on how often police officers commit crimes”] reports that 1,100 policemen were arrested for crimes and about a fourth were convicted. After quoting some professor that this is “the tip of the iceberg,” eight paragraphs later, the Post notes that the police arrest rate was 1.7 per 100,000 of the general population, while in the general population the arrest rate is over 3,900 per 100,000, about one in 2,294.
In Baltimore, six policemen are were indicted and tried for crimes related in the death of a drug dealer by an unqualified elected state’s attorney who would never have passed vetting by the State Bar Association under the old appointment system. She was obviously playing to the rioting arsonists and looters and the protesting rabble without letting proper investigation be completed first. Fortunately, the court system is still just.
Nationally, I am sure the ratios are the same as Baltimore where I lived for 29 years. For the 200 looters and the 900 protesters, there are 350,000 good, hardworking and retired black people who stayed home. They don’t have felony records, they go to church or don’t go, they raise their children and, yes, some of their grandchildren as well, and they rely on the police for protection from criminals. They need the police. Their black lives matter, too (perhaps more than the criminals’).
All of us, especially the good black community, need to support the police. We need to report suspicious criminal activity, testify at trial and assist law enforcement and the courts in every way. We cannot stop the protesting rabble and the press, but we can make sure public officials know we do not agree with them.
Sam Bergeson-Willis, Solomons