I am a second-generation law enforcement officer with both police and corrections experience, now on 100 percent permanent disability from a combination of war wounds while serving in the Marine Corps in Vietnam and injuries on the job. I depended on my black brothers in uniform, and they depended on me. I believe there has been a serious injustice to all races of police across the country.
With the help of the news media, “white” and “police” have become dirty words, but what I haven’t heard is how many non-white officers have shot and killed white people.
Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama are among those pitting black against white. On more than three occasions concerning black and white incidents, our president has castrated police on TV for doing their job, jumping to unfounded conclusions before the facts were in. The attorney general in turn has called for investigations for civil rights violations in a couple of cases because of the protesters. It’s apparent that the criminal element is now dictating law enforcement.
It would be wise to remember that the law doesn’t have a color. If people break it, then they are subject to arrest. If people don’t like the laws on the books, they should go to their elected officials, not burn down their communities.
Gregory J. Topliff