There is no time to beat around the bush. It is time to get straight to the point and that is what we are doing by making a call to the mainstream media, the radio talk show hosts, activists, and the public in general.
We have earned the right to make that call because we are the number one fighters against injustice and abuse; we have suffered in our own skin the abuse of police brutality and judicial corruption, but right now we have to put that aside in the interest of turning our focus on what our nation needs.
We need to stop putting more wood on the fire; we need to stop confusing the people with criticism that comes over as blatant retaliation and getting even — whoever has to suffer and whatever the consequences.
We have never confused exposing corruption or abuse with getting even; we don’t ever expose corruption for the sake of “getting even” — we have courtrooms to handle the outcomes of wrongdoing; that’s what they are for.
But today, we, with our humble little newspaper, are calling on those humongous media conglomerates to stop making heroes out of those who are far from being heroes.
Those chains of newspapers — full of advertising that costs far more than it’s worth — don’t need red headlines to attract readers; they couldn’t care less if their newspaper is read or not because they already got their money’s worth from the astronomical amount of money they charged for their advertising space that many people are not going to take the time to even read.
The mainstream media needs to stop following the pattern of supermarket tabloids that “advertise” and publicize the worst of the worst: people rallying to murder police officers — it’s not news reporting, it’s a disservice to the community and to the rank and file of every police department in the nation. Keeping their agenda and hate up front and visible keeps them going and growing and makes the job of the police at large all the harder.
Keeping an actor in the spotlight when he takes the opportunity to gain publicity for his new film that is scheduled to be released at the expense of the reputation, integrity and safety of all police officers in the entire nation is despicable, and refusing to use his name only adds to the notoriety of his agenda.
It is our humble opinion that police departments should not accept his apology and keep on with the boycott of his movie to teach him that film-makers themselves contribute to more violence than they can imagine, and casting stones at all police only adds to the violence THEY engender in the nation; let them make their films to entertain or get rich, but not use the lives of our police as fodder for their profits.
For weeks now we have been emphasizing the fact that most of the police officers on the streets of any city are there to protect the community and, in fact, are doing a commendable job; for weeks now, we have been writing that we, as a community, need to show these officers patrolling our city streets that they are in a “safe zone” when they stop any of us for traffic violations or any other infractions.
We believe that it is our duty as citizens to assure those police officers patrolling our communities that they will be safe if for any reason they have to stop us or question us; we need to comply and maybe even pray that the officer will realize that we are not the bad guy.
If some big-mouthed person (woman, in this case) calling the police names and using adjectives that don’t even make sense, caused her to be “mistreated” in kind, let us see her as a bad example and learn how not to act with the police.
No one has been more critical of police administration corruption than we have been, but we always have proffered the utmost respect for the rank and file that is out there putting their life on the line to protect the community in which we all live.
Many of us have been confronted by police officers in a bad mood or feeling tense, for who knows what reason, and we have been frustrated with their behavior, but we have to make it very clear that that moment is not the time to confront an out-of-line police officer.
By doing so we may be giving the criminal another reason to attack the integrity of the police department as a whole; let’s not do that because that moment is not the right time.
We have been predicting for weeks that if the war on cops continues the police officers are going to refuse to get out of their patrol cars and do the job they have chosen to do for us.
It is happening now on the East Coast and it may be coming our way if we don’t keep our eyes open and be humble enough to thank a police officer for his/her service the same way we do when we run across a serviceman and thank him or her for wearing that uniform, whichever uniform it may be.
Not everyone can be, or chooses to be, a member of the armed forces. They deserve our appreciation, both for present and past service.
And not everyone can or chooses to devote their life to keeping us safe on our streets. We can reveal the bad apples without condemning the whole barrel.