- - Sunday, August 6, 2017


There is no war on cops (“Why the war on cops is a war on all of us,” Web, July 19). There is no “guerrilla action” being taken against our country’s police force by the political left. And there is no widespread campaign to paint all law-enforcement officers with the same brush. But there is criticism. And it’s largely fair.

To me, the public uproar sounds like a desperate call for reform, not a battle cry in a crusade against the uniform. Innocent Americans are killed in the thousands, and according to the Guardian, police officers killed roughly 170 unarmed men and women in 2016 — out of nearly 1,100 total kills.

When a dead man’s face is plastered across the morning news, rather than trying to defend his killer, we should force ourselves to reckon with the bitter truth that a life has ended. Instead of denying this harsh reality and blaming the victims, we need to focus on delivering solutions that can ensure tragedies like Philando Castile’s death are fossils of a flawed past.

Again, this outcry isn’t a war. It’s an olive branch, a plea for change. But if it was, all Americans have already lost.


Frisco, Texas

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