You became an officer to uphold the law, you want to make a change and help those around you when no one else will. Sometimes that means standing up to those who stand beside you. The ones who become the law instead of upholding it. We need YOU.
The promise of America came with the right to life, the liberty that free will offers and the guarantee that justice will be served impartially.
The concept of innocent until proven guilty has no consideration among the minority community. Everyone deserves the chance to finish writing their story, to make a change in life if so desired. When life is snuffed out, there is no option for change or growth. There is no positive intent in the use of force to deescalate a crisis. Everyone makes mistakes. In fact, the very reason Police are involved is often due to a mistake or lapse in judgement.
But how can we justify the deadly mistakes made by those who are trained to do otherwise? Why do civilian mistakes require lethal punishment but the mistakes of law enforcement are permissible? These policies perpetually justify the inequality, discrimination, and demoralization that people of color. Any human life that is lost to another humans hands, is murder. Police officers are meant to keep the peace not to decide any ones fate.
If you feel there is no merit in this perspective, click on the photo for more information on deaths at the hands of police based on the demographics in this country.
A Black Lafayette Parish sheriff’s deputy took his own life on Feb. 1, 2021 because he’d “had enough... of serving a system that does not give a damn” about him or other African Americans. In a series of heartbreaking videos, Deputy Clyde Kerr III spoke extensively about being a Black law enforcement officer and witnessing the “demonic” criminal justice system from the inside, which the 43-year-old says ultimately led him to commit suicide in front of his workplace.
This tragic ending to a life of service is so heartbreaking and unfortunate. Kerr chose to permanently remove himself from a unjust system. There is no way serve everyone in a system that was created in the spirit of slavery and discrimination. Our hearts go out to the Kerr family and everyone who has lost a loved one due to suicide.
Providing comfort and honor to the families who have lost an officer to suicide is a necessary. All officers, regardless of method of death, deserve thanks; all families deserve your support.
CopLine has earned the trust of the Law Enforcement community by providing peer listening through a hotline by maintaining complete confidentiality as well as anonymity if the caller chooses. We train competent, confident, committed, and compassionate retired officers to engage with callers on the daily stressors officers and their family members experience.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.
Equal justice for all won’t happen overnight — but together we can make a difference in the lives of millions of individuals across America to whom equal justice has not been served.
Join us in our effort to make policing work for everyone and empower our law enforcement to keep our communities safe — with security and equal justice for all.
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Ohio police officer fired for fatally shooting unarmed Black man
Former Atlanta Police Officer Who Shot Rayshard Brooks Charged With Felony Murder
2 Louisville Police Officers Connected To Breonna Taylor's Death Have Been Fired
6 Atlanta police officers charged in forceful arrests of college students in car
All four former officers involved in George Floyd's killing now face charges
989 people were shot and killed by police in 2020 alone. Black Americans are shot at a disproportionate rate- More than twice as much as White Americans.
These are not isolated incidents but a part of a larger systemic issue of racism and bias resulting in failure to serve and protect many members of the community.
Although we are from the same planet, we all live in very different worlds. It is important to understand this concept in order to become acclimated into a society built on equality and justice.
At this point we must reinvent the wheel of policing.
This video highlights the value of humility, repentance and redemption