Police officers are there to help, not kill people

Emma Jo Hirschy, Editor in chief

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Undoubtedly, there has been a raised awareness for the dislike of law enforcement. Most explanations are pointing to a myth of underlying racism that police officers have.

In reality, racial profiling in law enforcement stays slim, despite the few cases noted by national media.

My brother Erick Acosta, a police officer in training and a former DPHS student, is currently enrolled in countless classes on how to stay unbiased against other races. There is absolutely no way I can imagine my brother purposely killing as a result of someone’s skin color.

Unfortunately, we are facing an anti-racial profiling crusade, which has been held high up through society’s blindness to the demographics of crime. There are, of course, corrupt law enforcement officials; however, one bad officer should not imply that all officers are corrupt.

It is important to note that not all police officers are ill-minded, despite the few who are.

If looking at data provided by the Washington Post in 2015, it should lead leaders to conclude that race is not the biggest playing factor in fatal shootings. Actually, statistics are proving that the known fatal encounters are almost always a direct result of self-defense by the officer.

Notably, a staggering five percent of all fatal shootings caused by law enforcement show no evidence of self defense, according to the Washington Post.

Ironically, the news stories advertised by the nation’s media are pulled from the shallow pool of five percent of the fatal encounters.

An executive director of the national Fraternal Order of Police, Jim Pasco, confirmed to the Post that data provided was correct. “We know that anecdotally, because typically that’s why police officers choose to use deadly force,” he said. “These are circumstances where their lives or the lives of citizens around them are in imminent danger.”

More importantly, 3 out of the every 4 police fatal shooting are an act of self defence, hence proving race does not play an immense factor into the shootings.

My brother is entering the task force purely with intentions to keep society safe, not to put it into harm’s way. Obviously, most individuals seeking to become a police officers have intentions of creating a reputation of nobility.

Pay is very rarely a motive to become an officer. The average pay for an American law enforcement official is roughly $25.00 an hour.

Ultimately, our nation’s law enforcement deserves to receive respect from society, rather than being faced with numerous anti-police riots.

Just back in 2016, our country witnessed a whopping 50,000 law enforcement officers assaulted by criminals. Even worse, Fox news had confirmed that 2016 held the most deaths of law enforcement.

Just as of November 8, there have been a total of 111 police casualties while in the line of duty.

In the end, it is safe to say that law enforcement are employed purely with your best intentions in mind. They would not sacrifice their own lives for yours if they were really that bad. Next time you decide to promote anti-police ideologies, remember that those police are here to keep you and your family safe.

I do not want my brother targeted just because he wants to protect our nation from criminals.

CRIMSON AVIATOR survey data (259 responses)

1.. Do you trust police? (Scale of 1-5, low to high) 1: 42; 2: 19; 3: 52; 4: 72; 5: 73.

2.. How safe do you feel around police officers? Very safe, 41.5 %; Somewhat safe, 37.2 %; Not safe, 21.3 %.

 

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One Response to “Police officers are there to help, not kill people”

  1. Stuart Manny on November 14th, 2017 8:33 am

    Finally someone with basic common sense about law enforcement in journalism. Thank you.

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