#OPINION: “Back the Blue” should change to “Back the Community”

by: Joshua Drake, Staff

SAN DIEGO—As the nation mourns through protests, “Back the Blue” rings shallow in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many more unarmed African-Americans. 

The moral high ground of “LAW AND ORDER” have been continuously ceded by the atrocities carried out in the name of the law. In truth, what we have witnessed is police brutalizing peaceful protesters all over the country through the advent of mobile phones. 

Police Officers are tasked with the dangerous job of detaining or citing those who break the law, even when those suspects are violent and can threaten the officers’ lives.

However, how our trained officers have reacted to the recent showing of protests and challenging police brutality—that’s when the discussion goes off the rails. 

Police Officers are not our punishers. That is not their role in the criminal justice system. We are a nation of courts and judges. 

Despite that, we see endless examples of Police Officers using excessive and often fatal force, constant justification of the brutality being how the officer felt in the moment. 

Frankly, it’s frightening to see the number of Americans in conversation and those who serve on juries willingly justify extra-judicial killings of fellow citizens. 

In recent years, police departments have militarized and seized powers they sometimes do not legally have. Those who sit idly by have been complicit in their actions. 

Again, Police Officers are not our punishers. The current culture and expectation of what a cop should be is fundamentally wrong. It’s time to move on from the sensational movie portrayals of the “hero cops” killing the “bad guys” and focus on community policing. 


[Opinions are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Fold.]

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