Protect and Serve

Protect and Serve

Fairly recently two police officers were killed in Brooklyn, NY by what reports have said was a mentally ill man, bent on avenging the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. This kind of mindless savagery is never acceptable or effective. I send prayers for healing in this horrible time to the families, friends, and colleagues of Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. Unarmed men being killed by the police. I knew that one day I would write about this very serious matter, and here we are. This is an exceptionally sensitive topic; and it is very polarizing. I want to be as fair and respectful as I can to the victims of these incidents and to the police. I intentionally did not say “unarmed BLACK men” because the fact of the matter is unarmed white men have been killed by police officers as well. I knew that I had not heard of any cases of unarmed white men being killed by the police. So, in the interest of full disclosure and comprehensive coverage, I went to Google. I did a search for ‘unarmed white men killed by police’. Ironically most of the search results were about unarmed black men being killed by the police. So, I dug deeper and I found two cases of unarmed white men being killed by police. Once case involved the shooting death of Dillon Taylor (an unarmed white man) by officer Bron Cruz who was referred to as “non-white” in Salt Lake City, Utah. The second case involved the shooting death of James Whitehead who was also an unarmed white man, killed by black...