The Divide Between Police and Those Who Are Policed

On July 7th, the most violent attacks against police occurred since 9-11. During the peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas, a shooter opened fire on police – killing five and wounding seven more. The shooting was preceded by two controversial police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. Both are being currently investigated. With emotions high and the threat of violence a demonstrated reality, how can police and community members reestablish their bond and work towards common goals?

The police serve a community purpose. Hired to protect and serve, they are expected to make the environment safe. When, in the course of these actions, they cross perceived or obvious boundaries, they are seen as no better than the criminals they were hired to defend against. For a concerned citizen, a corrupt or dangerous police officer might even be worse. This is due to the propensity to see them as violating a double standard within corruption – committing a crime, and justifying it by wearing the badge.

The reality is always less glamorous and equally less dirty than news sensationalism would have people believe. This is the decade of the social media. Innocent events on video can be made to look horrible with a little video editing and spread like wildfire through social media. Context is lost while people react to momentary decisions to an event they have never faced. Conclusions are leapt to and anger erupts.

OfficersThe truth of the matter is that most police officers, just like most people of all professions, do great things. Most Wall Street employees work hard to make profits for their companies and shareholders. Most doctors dedicate their time and energy to saving lives. Most service members fight on behalf of their country and the Constitution. It is the unfortunate decisions of the few that create a bad name for the rest.

So, while protestors are screaming about how the lives of specific groups matter, the reality is that we can all agree that lives in general matter. This is the exact reason that police officers are present in the first place – to protect people. With that said, the approach to police officers has changed over the years.

If the fire department knocks on someone’s door, people smile. If the police knock, people become defensive. If someone gets pulled over, the immediate thought is to fight it. The fact that the person could have been guilty of a crime seems irrelevant, only the fact that people want to fight it. The reality is that people need to start taking ownership for their actions – both good and bad.

When someone commits a crime, regardless of whether they wear a uniform or not, they should be held accountable. Police need to be just as diligent as the average citizen. We should all desire to be better, follow the laws, be good to our fellow neighbors, and treat people with respect. The gap between the two groups is bridged by both sides.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Kyle Soler

Kyle Soler

Kyle Soler is an active duty Infantry Officer serving in the US Army. He has served in the military for more than 10 years, working his way from an Infantry Squad Leader to a Company Commander with multiple combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan in between. Kyle earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Willamette University, and three Master degrees from Jones International University in Information Security Management, Health Care Management, and International Business. He also holds certifications in Six Sigma Lean and Six Sigma Lean Black Belt. His primary focus is realigning organizational priorities to get the most out of the time available in terms of training and development. Prior to entering military service, he worked as a fire fighter and an EMT. His areas of knowledge include military, training, leadership, disaster and continuity planning.
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