I want you to take a deep breath.
is sworn to protect and enforce the law. They serve you. They put their lives on the line to save people they don't even know. They risk EVERYTHING for you.
They stand proudly. They stand with confidence. They protect with a fierceness you never thought was possible. They are the reason you can sleep easy at night.
So how do you repay them?
The men and women who risk their lives for your freedom. Who protect you at any cost.
By rioting. By creating situations where you and others are at risk. By accusing them of heinous acts. By making them out to be this dehumanized, creature out to destroy your way of life.
What happens to the officer?
You kill them.
Your words, your actions, result in the death of an officer who was just trying to protect you from yourself. You shot them. Stabbed them. Beat them. You killed them.
A child is missing a parent.
A comrade has lost a brother/sister.
A companion has lost his best friend.
A baby girl will never meet her dad.
A daughter will walk down the aisle on her wedding day, alone.
This pain, this suffering, happened because you didn't stop.
You didn't stop to think of the consequences. The lives you would ruin when you squeezed the trigger. When you twisted the knife deeper. When you swung just a bit harder. You didn't stop.
We need to stop.
Think before we act. Listen to instructions. And most importantly, know that these officers are just like us. They have families. They feel. They hurt. They are human. Just like us.
We need to change.
Police forces need to change. The public needs to change. We all need to change and realize we are all in the wrong and that nobody's perfect and that we all make mistakes.
We need to forgive. But never forget. Never forget those lives lost by corrupt police officers. Never forget the officers who have died in the line of duty.
So please, stop. Stop and think. Stop and feel. Just stop. Stop. Stop. Stop.