We have to ensure that, even as we call for police reforms, we do NOT alienate our police force. Regardless of our demands for sweeping changes in some of the methods they use, it is outright stupid to advocate for defunding and disbanding our police. If we look at what’s happening, we should see that the police are outstretched in the variety of situations they address. We must define police brutality as their use of unnecessary force against nonviolent suspects. Nevertheless, we also want our police to be capable of stopping viable threats. If anything, perhaps, it’s time to add a new division to their organization. In my modest opinion, it is possible that the time has come to create an elite police department as well as standard police agencies.
We sincerely need officers that answer nonviolent calls and ones that respond to the hardcore situations that require aggressive force. This cannot be a time to disrespect the police. We should never coin our desperate protests and calls for reform in the judicial, prison, and police establishments with ungratefulness and disrespect of what they represent. We say don’t shoot when our hands are up. Don’t take us down with brut force. But, what if we had officers who were over-trained for such situations? How to tell the difference between a gun and a wallet? Or maybe drug-induced misbehaviors. Healthy decisions come from clear heads. I say humbly, we should narrow our protests down to specific issues and break bread upon receiving them. Love is love.*