Walking around my home — mainly for FitBit steps (lol, it happens) — thinking about #TerenceCrutcher , #KeithLamontScott , and other recent events that still keep on happening.
Those who know me, or see what I share on social media, know that most of my content is pretty versatile. I might post some random meme, funny video, or an image that sums up a recent parenting fail. I also post stories about world events and things happening in this country.
I’m also not afraid to share articles or videos of police doing awesome things, because I happen to think most are awesome — especially my pops. And obviously, I don’t shy away from issues of brutality and excessive force.
What’s interesting to see is constant support for officers, but silence for those who died at their hands unjustly. If we, as a people, are truly about living a life where #AllLivesMatter , I wonder why it’s so hard for some to not only recognize a major issue that’s happening, but use their voice — the same one that’s already being used for praise and support — to speak out when something isn’t right.
You see, loving men and women in blue and the desire to see them held to the very law they enforce are not mutually exclusive. Just as I’m proud to be the daughter of a retired cop, I want to fix the system that allows many officers to skirt convictions.
… Because no one is above the law, and “How to Get Away With Murder” should only be something I watch on Thursday nights for entertainment.
This society has come to a point where any and everyone who dies at the hands of an officer deserved it, was a criminal, or did something to provoke the officer — and that blanket assumption isn’t always true.
The average amount of time it takes to become an officer and go through training is proving to be less than other industries — including the one that gives us a fierce press and curl.
So yeah, I don’t think anyone is “anti-police” who looks at these events and thinks we might need to make a few changes as a whole. (Or maybe you’re unbothered by what’s going on.)
Just as we voice our frustrations and concerns about elected officials and lawmakers when they mess up, the same should go for those men and women who abuse their power when they’re supposed to protect and serve.
No one is immune to accountability, period.
Want to be about #AllLivesMatter? Okay, let your actions — and what you support — start matching your words.