F — The Police…or Should We?

On September 16th, the Tulsa Police Department received a call about an abandoned car. According to the caller, the vehicle was on, all the doors were open and the driver, Terence Crutcher, ran into the woods to “smoke something.” Four officers arrived to the scene. Crutcher walked towards the vehicle with his hands up and then placed them on his car. One of the officers thought he “looks like a bad dude.” Reacting to this, one officer decided to use his taser, another her gun. Crutcher was shot and killed. Of course, there was nothing in the police footage that suggested Crutcher was acting dangerously, making him another victim of an unjustified police shooting based on race. (LA Times)

We now live in a country where it is a rarity to not have a developing story regarding a cop shooting an unarmed civilian. The majority of these stories involve a white officer shooting a unarmed black man because the officer thought that the man was “dangerous.” It is sad that as of September 20th, 193 black lives were lost because of police not performing their job correctly (The Counted). Because of this, the Black Lives Matter movement began in order to secure “freedom and justice for all black lives” (Black Lives Matter site). Although the lives that were lost deserve to be recognized and police must be trained to execute their duties appropriately, this is no reason to hate comes.

Police keep us save and help enforce the law on a daily basis. Without them, society would become chaotic and dangerous. We cannot hold the entire American police force responsible for the actions of the officers who acted incorrectly. According to the Huffington Post,

“The painting of the entire police establishment as a malevolent force does not protect anyone but provides a convenient excuse for criminals and mentally unhinged people to target officers with impunity.”

This hate has caused multiple police officers to be shot, resulting in an injuring or even death. It is sickening that someones’ hate is so extreme that they are willing to kill those who are innocent and working to protect the community. Three officers in Baton Rogue lost their lives, and the shooter did not discriminate based on race. To him all officers, black or white, were the same.

Just around the corner from the University of Pennsylvania’s campus, Nicholas Glenn targeted two Campus police officers and fired at them. University police are there to protect students and rarely interact with civilians off campus, but Glenn did not care. Both officers were injured in the shoot out. Glenn also shot four civilians who just happened to be in the area, one of those shots was fatal.

The violence needs to stop because it is only creating more racial issues for this country. The United States cannot function on a day-to-day basis if the country’s citizens do not trust the police to act justly. Nor can the country function if the police do not trust the citizens to respect them. We need to trust each other and investigate before acting. We cannot impulsively jump to conclusions that someone is dangerous because we think “that looks like a bad dude” like the Tulsa cops did.

Killing cops is not the solution. We need to “give the individual cop the benefit of trusting that they might be doing their best,” because if we do not, this country will quickly turn into a scary place.