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Humanity and Law Enforcement



    We have seen the images and have heard the news reports over the past several months. Police officers being targeted and killed in execution style. We have also seen the images and heard news reports of police officers shooting and killing unarmed people, often African Americans. Then come the funerals and the protests. Sometimes the protests turn violent as well. We hear the phrases, “Black Lives Matter,” “Police Lives Matter,” “All Lives Matter.” Is there an undeclared war going on against law enforcement or by law enforcement against citizens because of their skin color?

    It feels like a dangerous time, when law and order itself is threatened. There is the assumption of prejudice because of skin color or uniform. There is also the justification of using deadly force in both directions. There is an answer to this dangerous situation. It is for everyone to look past skin color or uniform, and recognize there is a human being here, a parent, a brother or sister, a son or daughter. A human being who experiences emotions, including fear and anger. But a human being worthy of respect and honor, and also forgiveness when mistakes are made.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies." Dr. King is revered to this day for his forgiveness to others, his understand of human nature, his persistence in finding justice and equal treatment for all people. And he did so peacefully.

    “Therefore, because no human being had a choice of how and where they should be born, we must respect and accept an individual’s uniqueness as a human being, equal to ourselves, regardless of our economic and professional status, and without prejudice based on selfishness, ignorance, hatred, upbringing, or religious beliefs.”

    This second quotation comes from the Humanity Creed, which is being offered free at an online company named Favorfloat, in coordination with the Humanity Appointment organization. You can get a free copy emailed to you to print out and use as a poster, or to download to your device, where you can use it as your screen saver. We encourage police officers to print out and post the Humanity Creed at your station as a solid conviction to humanity for everyone to see. For civilians, if you use the creed as your screen saver, and read it regularly, you will be ready to practice it the next time you have any interaction with law enforcement.

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  • John Brink and Leon Brink like this
  • Leon Brink
    Leon Brink Hey, cousin, I know you were going to post here. Nice work, and I agree totally with what you are saying.
    August 9, 2016
  • Leon Brink
    Leon Brink What would MLK do today with the situation in America? I wonder.
    August 9, 2016