WASHINGTON, May 10 2015 – It’s been a tough two weeks for law enforcement officers, with three of their brothers illed in the line of duty. Unfortunately, these deaths have not received nearly as much attention as the deaths of Freddie Gray and Michael Brown.
On Friday, May 8 a funeral was held for fallen NYPD Officer Brian Moore who was killed in the line of duty while trying to stop a suspect. Officer Moore was reportedly gunned down in his patrol car. Police Commissioner William Bratton said that although Officer Moore’s career was short he “had already proved himself to be an exceptional young officer.”
It is also now being reported that two Mississippi police officers have been killed in the line of duty on this Mother’s Day morning. This story is still developing and according to various sources the suspects are still at large.
Over the last few months between the riots in Ferguson Missouri and Baltimore we have heard many in the media make countless negative remarks about law enforcement. Some even went so far to assert that law enforcement has a major problem that needs to be fixed. Yet here we are with three police officers who will not be saying “Happy Mothers Day” to their mothers or their wives this year. Not to mention the other two NYPD officers who were killed in the line of duty back in December or the Philadelphia cop who was killed while buying his son a gift. Six police officers have lost their lives in the past six months yet there hasn’t been a peep from President Obama nor have there been the outcries from the media we saw in the Michael Brown and Freddie Gray cases.
I have to say my faith in humanity was restored a bit when I saw generally positive comments on twitter under the #Hattiesburg hashtag. I’m also doubting that there will be any riots like we saw last week in Baltimore.
Here are some of my favorite tweets:
Tonight my prayers go out to #Hattiesburg & everyone affected by ignorance, hatred, & disrespect directed toward Law Enforcement Officers.
— Avery Jesmer (@averynjesmer) May 10, 2015
— Eyes wide open (@PossumAndPintos) May 10, 2015
Although there were definitely some despicable people out there who chose to use these officers deaths as an opportunity to spew their anti-cop rhetoric:
— Patricia Moxley (@PattiSM74) May 10, 2015
These recent police deaths highlight just how difficult and dangerous police work can be. Everyday these men and women put their lives on the line to serve and protect their communities. According to many out there in the media, there is a “problem” with law enforcment, perhaps the problem lies with the criminals who choose to murder police officers. #BlueLivesMatter