The murder of George Floyd was by a policeman, not the police. The police number in the thousands in our country. Many other professions number in the thousands of employees. In these numbers there are a few bad people.

The bad acts by any of those bad people, including the police, need to cost them their jobs. Any bad act in no way justifies in the slightest way riots that destroy businesses. These riots hurt the owners and employees of those businesses. The riots hurt the citizens of those communities that depend on those businesses for their goods and services.

I believe there has been an overreaction to the senseless killing of Mr. Floyd. The police have been wrongly vilified and ridiculed in some states by overreacting elected officials.

Yes, I believe there needs to be a better process to weed out the bad cops, but the changes being made like “defund the police” and “abolish the police force” are totally ridiculous. As a result, many good cops are looking to leave the police force. This is borne out by a report from the police union on June 19 that 71 percent of the Washington, D.C. police force members are thinking about leaving. Imagine the chaos if that happens. There will be an increase in all crimes putting the law-abiding citizens in harm's way instead of the police being in harm's way.

The overreaction has been in part fueled by the media reporting only one side of the story. The one-sided reporting is obvious when there is little to no mention of the killing of policemen by the rioters. Cold-blooded killings like that of retired police officer David Dorn in St. Louis, Missouri, and others in other states that were simply doing their job.

We need the media to report both sides of every story they publish and to publish the factual statistics where they are relevant. Syndicated columnist Larry Elder reports, in 2019, the number of unarmed Blacks killed by cops was nine, unarmed whites killed by cops was 19, while 48 cops were killed by guns and three by assault. This kind of needed reporting would go a long way to helping our country get the full and complete “story” from any incident. That in turn would help subdue —not inflame — any bad situation.

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hayduke2

Mr Bugg - while I haven't been able to verify your numbers in the last paragraph ( in fact, I can't find any support for rioters killing police either so you might be contributing to the "fanning of flames" ) it would seem to support the careful look at policing and their practices etc.

public-redux

The numbers in the last paragraph would be a better comparison if it included the number armed civilians killed by police. As it is, the LTE is comparing unarmed to armed.

MDchange

Mr. Bugg is absolutely correct. The data is available on the FBI and Washington Post web sites. Also, two black law enforcement officers were killed during the most recent riots. Mr. Bugg has his facts straight and in no way is fanning the flames. It’s time to publicly show our support for law enforcement before they all decide to find another profession.

public-redux

Can you link to your sources. Meanwhile....

“ The Officer Down Memorial Page, a nonprofit dedicated to honoring local active duty law enforcement officers, lists nine law enforcement officers who have died nationwide since protests began. According to the website and news reports, none were related to the Floyd protests.

“One officer was shot and killed while delivering an eviction notice. Two were killed while responding to separate domestic disturbance incidents. Two died after contracting COVID-19. One was accidentally shot by another law enforcement officer while responding to a suspicious person call. One was shot and killed while responding to a call for service at a hotel. One died following a vehicle collision. One died while responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle.”

https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2020/jun/10/facebook-posts/post-inflates-number-police-killed-connection-prot/

MDchange

These are easy to find if you try hard enough. Remember, law enforcement is a family and includes all sworn officers (local, state, federal; active or retired).

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/08/us/st-louis-man-arrested-shooting-retired-police-officer-david-dorn/index.html

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/airman-charged-killing-federal-officer-during-george-floyd-protests-california-n1231187

hayduke2

MD - do you even read what you post? The second reference is a man killed by a Boogaloo member - the far right extreme fringe and was not a "normal" protester... Again, stretching the facts kind of thin to make an incorrect point.

public-redux

MD, You say it is easy but you haven’t been able to do it. Mr. Dorn was not a LEO. He was retired. No law enforcement authority. He was killed in his capacity as a private sector security guard.

You second example fails on two accounts. First, that killing happened in May while you cited the “most recent” riots. Second, as hayduke2 pointed out, that killers were not rioters protesting the killing of George Floyd.

public-redux

“Also, two black law enforcement officers were killed during the most recent riots.”

Link to this source, please. Thanks.

MDchange

Hayduke2 is right, the Oakland Officer was not killed by a rioter. I was mistaken.

However, as I said, a LEO is always a member of LE. Why should their status (retired) matter? Sounds like you think it should. Their deaths were tragic and unnecessary. That’s the point.

public-redux

How is someone with no law enforcement authority and who is not employed as a LEO a LEO?

So, anyway, where are your sources that are so easy to find?

JohnSchaeffer1

Mr. Buggs.. Thank You. Finally a LTE with some common sense !

public-redux

“The one-sided reporting is obvious when there is little to no mention of the killing of policemen by the rioters.”

I keep looking for a list of these fallen officers but I can’t find a single name. The only name I’ve seen is the 77 year old Dorn who was killed, shamefully, in his capacity as a private sector security guard. Who are the LEOs killed by rioters this month?

Reader1954

soon the police will have to ask your permission before they can arrest you

hayduke2

Exaggerate much?

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