Police officers who arrived at a home in Idaho were met with frightened venom, as the mother told the cops that she advised her kids not to engage them because “you’re the people who kill us.”
The officers were dispatched in response to a 911 prank call that the woman’s kids who are of African-American descent staged.
But the reception they received is indicative of what most of the nation is emitting when it comes to the perception of law enforcement in the wake of the Ferguson and Staten Island cases. Most in the community are sensitive to the fact that they are seen as racists because of the outrage flowing from African-Americans over the documented proof that they are relentlessly hunted and unfairly victimized. But some are calling foul and refuse to internalize the negative label levied on them.
James Pasco, the executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, dismisses the notion that cops are dedicated to wrecking misery on the Black community, “The idea that police wake up, strap on their guns and in their badges, and sit around thinking about how they’re going to make lives miserable in the minority community – that’s just at variance with common sense.”
Be that as it may, there is a growing fury aimed at the police and it is threatening the overall temperament of the departments across the nation. Officers and their families are being extra cautious in case they are subjected to retaliation that could possibly turn violent. But the overall sentiment among cops is the unfairness of being judged based on the series of events over the past few weeks. James Glennon, a retired police lieutenant from Lombard, Ill expressed his observations about the toxic situation, “Police officers are very, very upset at what’s going on now, and the way that 700,00 of us are being painted with a brush of racism and ill-intent and malevolent motivation – that we just want to go out there and hurt people, when it’s the exact opposite”.
Only time will tell how the fractured relationship between law enforcement and the public can be mended – but for now, the consequences stemming from the lack of due diligence continues to simmer.