"An Old Rookie Cop"
This highly informative publication was produced and designed by a former police officer who is also African-American. This black, former law enforcement officer, from a small Northeastern Ohio city on the river, was compelled to release this article in response to recent and tragic police shootings of African-Americans. Over the past several months, the news headlines in the United States have ‘blanketed’ the internet, social media, television, news papers, radio…etc. with reports of African-American men and women who have been severely injured or tragically lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement officers across the nation.
The cases of these men and women and other minorities has sparked controversy, debate, widespread protests and even civil unrest which has led to senseless violence and destruction of property. In many of these cases it has been discovered that police officers were guilty of misconduct and were even determined to have broken the law ‘themselves’, in that they willfully and blatantly violated the rights of citizens. Right now, law enforcement as “a whole” is under a tremendous amount of scrutiny in the U.S. and it is extremely imperative that something be done about the negative sentiment as it relates to communities and law enforcement. We Need The Police… just think for a moment what this country would be like without law enforcement?
We also need honest and dedicated men and women who are qualified to wear the “badge” of authority and understand they are not above the law. This means men and women who enter the profession of law enforcement and are trained to know that ‘everyone’ is not a criminal and that every citizen encounter does not require use of a firearm, baton or taser gun. “Long gone” are the days that institutions such as law enforcement can simply keep certain matters away from the public and media with a “no comment” or “this is an internal matter”. Ever growing technology has helped fuel the ability to shine a light on activities that were for, “far too long” kept private! Cameras, cell phones, listening devices…etc. are “everywhere” and people are using this technology to document, expose and determine what actually happened to friends and family who have devastating encounters with law enforcement.
This Author and former officer shares a culmination of personal opinion and experiences from his brief tenure in law enforcement in hopes that readers may somehow benefit from the ‘telling’ material he shares. “Someone” had to say what you will read, who better to say it then someone who is in a position to speak about things that are usually only spoken about within tight-knit circles? Who better to say it then someone who is not restricted by a department head, city/county/state government and who really wants to help others. Additionally, it is the Authors’ goal to help provide a better understanding of the role law enforcement provides to their respective communities.