Status of Police Officers in American Society

For a while now, I have been noticing that in our society there seems to be a lack of trust for our men in blue. Recent events in Ferguson have sparked many heated debates about the actions of one police officer. What happened was truly sad, no one should have to die in such a situation but why does everyone place all the blame on Wilson’s shoulders. Brown was partly responsible for attacking the officer forcing him to defend himself. These officers are trained to make tough decisions when confronting criminals and if they feel that they are in danger they need to subdue the person by any means necessary. Brown committed a felony by assaulting an officer and disobeyed his orders; Wilson was left with no other options. I do not want to sound naiveté but I’m surprised that many people do not believe that Wilson is telling the truth.

Yes, there are bad cops that perform criminal acts but not every cop is bad. Wilson was not a bad cop, he followed protocol and shot in self defense. What showed Wilson’s good character was when he resigned and basically stated that he needs to step back to allow the community to heal and not put anyone else in harm’s way especially his fellow officers. He was concerned for the safety of others which is a mark of a good person. I once knew a great officer named Chuck Cassidy in the Philadelphia area about a decade ago. He never fired his service weapon in his 25 and plus years on the force. I heard he always talked suspects down from doing stupid things and even mentored them. However, one day he walked in on a robbery at a Dunkin Donuts and was shot and killed instantly. His death was a great loss to the city. His career legacy will continue and should be a model for future and current officers.

I just do not like when people and the media focus on what our officers may be doing wrong rather than what they actually are doing right. Police officers are risking their lives every day to keep us safe. If they were not around there would be anarchy in the streets. We should be more trusting of the police in our communities instead of resisting them. If there is anything that should be changed about the police force is more non lethal ways of subduing individuals if they resist. It exists but it seems that there is a lack of funding to equip every officer on a widespread basis. If funding isn’t there then maybe they can emulate Officer Cassidy.


About thewheelworld91

My name is Mike and I recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in history. I am disabled and afflicted with Muscular Dystrophy so I'm in a wheelchair. I have been looking for a job for over a year with no luck. However, i have some non profit experience and interned at a museum. Other than that I've been going to events for my disorder and doing fun activities such as video games and using the internet. This blog will focus on being disabled, US and international politics/affairs and video games or whatever is on my mind.
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One Response to Status of Police Officers in American Society

  1. Maria Cuddy-Casey says:

    Mike, thanks for your brave writing on this topic. I think the reason the Michael Brown case and so many that continue to emerge raises the issue of power and its misuse. This suspicion of misuse of power includes not only the police, but the judicial system as well.


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