Posts Tagged ‘Police Killed’

Is it 1968 all over again?

July 9, 2016

I’m old enough to remember the late 1960s, when it seemed like almost every time I turned on the TV, there was a new report of rioting and burning by black people in an American city.

Almost every one was touched off by a real or imaginary report of police abuse of a black person.

The divisions in American society today are bad enough, but, believe me, they were nothing compared to the division back then.

Could we return to that era?  Eric Hoffer in The True Believer wrote that violent revolutions happen when downtrodden people are offered hope, and then that hope is taken away from them.  I think this feeling exists today among all kinds of people, not just racial minorities.

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Police fatalities are declining, not rising

September 4, 2015

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There is no epidemic of killings of police officers.  As the charts above and the links below indicate, the number of killings is declining.

Of course any death of a police officer in the line of duty is a tragedy, just like the death of a firefighter or any other public servant, and, in addition to being an individual tragedy, the killing of a law enforcement officer is an attack on the fabric of law and justice.

Just as an unjustified killing by a police officer also is an attack on the fabric of law and justice.

But it is not a worsening problem, as certain politicians and commentators claim.

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