‘War’ on po­lice a cry for jus­tice

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL - SHOURYAMAN SAHA Frisco, Texas

There is no war on cops (“Why the war on cops is a war on all of us,” Web, July 19). There is no “guer­rilla ac­tion” be­ing taken against our coun­try’s po­lice force by the po­lit­i­cal left. And there is no wide­spread cam­paign to paint all law-en­force­ment of­fi­cers with the same brush. But there is crit­i­cism. And it’s largely fair.

To me, the pub­lic up­roar sounds like a des­per­ate call for re­form, not a bat­tle cry in a cru­sade against the uni­form. In­no­cent Amer­i­cans are killed in the thou­sands, and ac­cord­ing to the Guardian, po­lice of­fi­cers killed roughly 170 un­armed men and women in 2016 — out of nearly 1,100 to­tal kills.

When a dead man’s face is plas­tered across the morn­ing news, rather than try­ing to de­fend his killer, we should force our­selves to reckon with the bit­ter truth that a life has ended. In­stead of deny­ing this harsh re­al­ity and blam­ing the vic­tims, we need to fo­cus on de­liv­er­ing so­lu­tions that can en­sure tragedies like Phi­lando Castile’s death are fos­sils of a flawed past.

Again, this out­cry isn’t a war. It’s an olive branch, a plea for change. But if it was, all Amer­i­cans have al­ready lost.

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