I had initially thought about writing an indepth article on the recent killing of officers Liu and Ramos, 2 Brooklyn police officers shot and killed as they sat in their car. As I began to write I became angry and sad and felt rehashing and finger pointing would serve no purpose. After these officers were shot, I read hundreds if not thousands of tweets praising the shooter and celebrating the death of these 2 officers. There is no argument that there is police brutality and some behind the badge who use power to weaken and harm others, but we cannot survive as a vigilante state.
I feel sad for the families that have lost loved ones and I feel sad that some of us feel so lost, hopeless and disenfranchised that we turn to violence to solve problems. We live in one of the richest nations on the planet and it is here where many are homeless, jobless, loveless, foodless and see themselves heading only down. When a society fails to address ills, it is only a matter of time before a ticking time bomb explodes. People can and will reach a breaking point. Not to mention the mentally ill living beside us who are not receiving adequate medical care. A rotting tree usually rots from the roots first. The problem goes deep.
To celebrate and cheer at the death of Liu and Ramos demonstrates a callousness and lack of compassion. It is not a black and white or race issue. It is a human issue and one where we need to look beyond our own personal fears and biases to see a bigger picture. It is not about citizens vs police. It is about power and who has it and controls it. We all have power over ourselves and our actions. We can choose not to jump into the boiling pot of crabs and become a group set for vengeance. We can voice our disapproval through peaceful protest and hopefully with our vote but we are doomed as a whole if we become judge and executioner. The saying goes an “eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth will leave us all blind and toothless”. P.S If you like the post please let us know by touching that like button.