Ferguson Riots: Should We Demonize the Police?

Ferguson Riots: Should We Demonize the Police?

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Looting during the Ferguson Riots in Missouri

WASHINGTON, August 15, 2014 – As the media shifts it’s focus from the new developments in Iraq to the on-going conflict in Ferguson, Missouri you can’t help but to notice that the story has greatly evolved. What started as a controversial shooting by the police has evolved into a full blown riot.

Many degenerates have decided to take advantage of this tragic situation by looting and destroying property.

Thursday marked another significant evolution in the story when the focus and conversation shifted onto the police.

It seems as if every story done on the conflict in Ferguson turned into stories about the “over-militarization” of the police and the creation of a “police-state”. While there needs to be a strong balance of civil rights and public safety, it is absurd how the police in Ferguson are being demonized.

While their personal protective equipment make them look menacing the men and women serving with the local and county police departments have a duty to protect the lives and property of their jurisdiction. These men and women have to worry about the possibility of losing their lives in the line of duty. Are we to blame them for taking steps to prevent harm to themselves and others?

There are videos of the police using non lethal tear gas and smoke grenade, however there are also pictures of the Molotov Cocktails that some protesters have attempted to launch at the police. Who’s using excessive force again?

While I understand that there are many peaceful protesters demonstrating, the few bad apples in the bunch have put the police on edge.

Watch this video of the LA Riots and see how bad unchecked riots can get:

There are known dangers in a quickly changing situation. Emergency responders and law enforcement (the writer is a volunteer Fire Department EMT) have a hard time carrying out their duties when they have to worry about the possibility of being attacked. Just a few weeks ago emergency responders and law enforcement in the Jersey City, NJ area were put on high alert due to threats made by the gang, The Bloods.

There we’re reports that The Bloods we’re targeting police officers for killing one of their members who killed a Jersey City police officer during an armed robbery. Not only were they targeting police officers but firefighters and emts as well.

Where were all of these journalists then?

While some of the officers in Ferguson may have gone a little too far, it hardly warrants an entire condemnation of law enforcement in general. The facts are still unclear about what happened the day Michael Brown was shot. However Conservatives must continue to believe we need to follow the rule of law and not mob rule.

If the officer involved was in the wrong he should be held fully accountable, however his innocence or guilt should be decided by due process not by mob rule.


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