Important story about how a community organizer who has been protesting police killings of unarmed people (especially blacks), participated in a police training exercise to get a better understanding of the situation:
We have a bad tendency in this country that when a few people of a specific group do something really bad, that we hold it against the entire group. When Muslim terrorists kill people, we blame all Muslims. When blacks get angry and commit crimes, we blame all blacks.
And ironically, we do the same things against police officers. Yes, there is no excuse for some of the things that police officers have done, and officers who break the law should face justice. But it doesn’t make any sense for us to blame all police.
Police face dangerous and difficult situations all the time, and occasionally something will happen that shouldn’t. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the police are at fault. As the video so graphically points out, we should not blame the police for something unless we know how we would react in the same situation. When we blame police for something that we shouldn’t, then it makes it just that much harder to bring police to justice who have actually done something wrong.
We should honor our police for their service and for risking their lives for our safety. At the same time, illegal or racist actions by rogue police officers should be punished appropriately.