There has been a deadly wave of violence directed at police officers, the worst incident of which took place in Dallas after a Black Lives Matter protest in which five officers lost their lives and half a dozen more were seriously wounded. Many have linked this to the recent shootings of two “unarmed” (more on why that’s in quotes later) black men in Minnesota and Louisiana respectively.

The facts aren't in.

“Unarmed” is in quotes because, as is usually the case in white cop/black suspect shootings, all the facts on both cases aren’t in yet. Could the police in both instances have committed a criminal act?

Absolutely. Could both shootings have been justified under police use of force guidelines and the law? Absolutely. We simply don’t know at this time.

Pushing a narrative.

That doesn’t stop those with agendas and the media from pushing the “police target black men” narrative. Even after the Michael Brown lesson has yet to be learned where the “Hands up, don’t shoot” story was proven to be completely false, after a grand jury and Justice Department investigation by a black Attorney General.

Now I won’t bore you with the always quoted statistics from the FBI that has constantly disproved this narrative and those who have their minds made up won’t care anyway. But as we’ve seen recently, the consequences of spreading that narrative have become very deadly.

Not enough training.

Police, on average, spend six months at an academy, and very little of that time is spent on the gun range or in training for shoot/don’t shoot situations which are usually conducted after they’ve been on the force for a while.Police aren’t rouge murderers looking to assassinate black men, not that there haven’t been instances of that but thankfully that’s the very, very rare exception, not the rule.

Life and death decisions.

When a police officer pulls his weapon it is because he is in fear for his life, and the lives of those he swore to protect and he usually has less than a second to make a life or death decision. Simply put, police work is hours, days, weeks, months and years of boredom and routine punctuated by moments of sheer terror, so let’s let the system take its course before we condemn anyone with a badge.

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