- - Sunday, December 21, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As a second-generation law enforcement officer on total, permanent disability from a combination of war wounds received in Vietnam and job-related injuries, I believe there has been a serious injustice perpetrated against the police of this country by our president and his cohort, Attorney General Eric Holder.

President Obama on more than three occasions has publicly castigated police for doing their job during tense, racially heated incidents. He has jumped to unfounded conclusions before the facts were in, laying blame for every incident on the police officers in question.

With the help of the news media “white” and “police” have become dirty words in law enforcement. I have yet to read or hear data from the mainstream press on how many black officers have shot and killed white people.

Now we have black members of Congress and professional athletes going before cameras with their hands held high, yelling, “Don’t shoot!” They are referring, of course, to the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, but they are misinformed. The fact that Michael Brown’s friend gave false information to police and the public about hands being up has been ignored by all. The evidence and witness accounts proved contrary to his testimony.

From my perspective, if you don’t like the laws, then go to your elected officials and try to get them changed. Don’t burn down your towns or protest, ignoring the facts.

GREGORY J. TOPLIFF

Warrenville, S.C.


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