A troubling trend is emerging in the news lately, where a large number of police officers are finding themselves targets of premeditated attacks. While not at the same level as the 90’s, these occurrences are still, dramatically, on the rise. These ambushes are characterized by both booby traps and violence from other individuals or groups.
In the past few days, the F.B.I. has warned the NYPD, as well as all other police departments, that a group called the National Liberation Militia is planning coordinated assaults. Calling this the “Halloween Revolt,” the plan is to lure unsuspecting officers, then attack them, while hiding under the cover of a Halloween mask. This plot is under investigation by law enforcement and being closely watched by the media.
NOT A SOLUTION
There is a great deal of anger, frustration, and sadness coming from the victims of violence, and their families. Whether they are citizens or law enforcement, they ultimately feel the same. The general grievance from and about the victims is that they were denied justice. Retaliation does not provide justice, conversation, or change, it just brings more violence. In recent months, law enforcement agencies are employing body cameras, like the LAPD, and providing public forums for discussions on how to keep everyone accountable. It is difficult to argue for accountability by the public sector, if private citizens perpetuate cowardly and insurgent attacks, with no shred of accountability themselves.
The sad reality is that there are casualties in both sectors: the people and those protecting the people. The question becomes how can a police officer properly and safely respond to a crime if they constantly feel threatened? What good does it do the public to make those who are sworn to protect us more defensive? How can a person, or an agency, protect the people, when they are too worried about protecting themselves? Can communities reconcile their differences with violence? Is one group uniformly bad, or possessing bad intentions, while the other is not? Tell us what you think: Facebook and Twitter
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October 28, 2015 / Ryan Serey