Dear Protesters and Law Enforcement:
It’s ok to be angry and upset when tragedy strikes, especially upon the innocent. It’s not ok for ANYONE to become violent and commit illegal acts to ease their pain. These actions can not be excused or tolerated just because someone is unhappy with results or findings. Violence begets violence. In the end individuals may lose their own right to freedom and not for just a night. Would it actually be worth it in the end? Messages need to be delivered in a respectful way so that it’s heard. When individuals respond with violence, that is all that anyone will see, hear or remember and everyone stops listening after a certain point.
Recently, in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Michael Brown the prosecutors chose not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for fatally wounding Brown. This I’m sure is upsetting to many. I was quite upset myself. I’m know I would have had stronger feelings if it had happened to one of my own children. I can certainly see both sides of the situation. Officer Wilson felt threatened because he too had been hurt and he was in fear of Brown due to his size. Wilson most likely feared not knowing what might be coming his way. Michael Brown probably felt so powerless knowing that the officer did in fact have a gun and he was a black man fighting off a white police officer. Things could have ended so differently.
What needs to come from this tragedy, is a way for officers to feel safer so that they don’t continue to shoot unarmed victims. Maybe a handheld scanner than can quickly recognize a concealed weapon needs to be considered and carried by officers. This would of course cost money, but the value of human life should be worth it in the end!
Felina Silver Robinson