“It is time that you guys know that we are no longer playing around with the police departments. Aurora and Denver, we are about to start striking fear, shooting down all cops that we see by theirselves (sic).”
This call, released by the Aurora Police Department over the weekend, is just the tip of the iceberg in what is called the war on police.
As we’ve seen, in the past four weeks, three cops have been killed in the state of Texas alone.
This is not OK. No matter what the argument is, we will not find resolve with more death.
With that being said, the argument against police is substantial.
Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, the list goes on of civilians dying under suspicious circumstances at the hands of police.
But the community will not, and cannot, be reconciled through targeting police officers in shootings.
Look at Martin Luther King Jr. versus Malcom X. Whose approach in the Civil Rights Movement led people in the March on Washington, whose name has gone down in history as the one of the most influential people in civil rights? The one against violence. Both worked to stop segregation, both went to jail, both were assassinated at age 39, yet Martin Luther King Jr. is the most widely recognized of the two.
Similar to racial discrimination, police brutality will not be solved with more violence. It will be solved with communication, transparency and restructuring.
So, on Sept. 11, arguably the most memorable date in United States history, let’s not only remember all service people that died saving the country on that day, but those who continue to do so today.