Saturday, December 06, 2014

Christian Leaders... 1 Peter 2:13-14?

I've just started reading Use of Force Investigations, written by a training officer with over 30 years in the field. This book was written in 2012, before Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, or Michael Brown. As a Christian who respects those who put their lives on the line for you and me, who adheres to Romans 13 and Peter's commands to obey "every human institution" over us, I think the following words should be read by many who forget this dangerous profession. I think perhaps Russell Moore, and others speaking up and saying the wrong words, should also read this. They are in prominent positions. As thus, they should think much more deeply before they speak:
"Now, like never before, law enforcement use of force is under the microscope...... Special interest groups with traveling 'activists' will arrive in a town post use of force incident and make condemning statements about a police agency, its methods, corruption, racial bias and more. With no accountability they ignore the truth and facts of a case to further their agenda.

Even chiefs of police and other department brass, for political reasons or to serve their own career goals and self-interests, will oftentimes throw a good officer under the bus after a shooting, in custody death or use of force captured on video that, 'looks bad.'

This maelstrom of madness after a use of force incident does not include the seemingly inevitable civil litigation that may arise after a use of force incident.

Nationwide criminal prosecution of officers involved in use of force incidents is on the upswing. Officers are being charged with criminal violations in shootings and other use of force incidents.

Forgotten in all this mess is a lonely and forgotten man or woman in uniform who, with little or no training by his or her agency on use of force, has gotten into a knock down fight for his life with some three time convicted violent criminal. Afraid in the dark or in the light, they were just trying to keep from being assaulted after the academy taught come-along or defensive tactic failed and the suspect just wouldn't let them get his arms behind his back and the fight was on.

And yet valiant hard-working and dedicated male and female officers of all races and ethnic origins put their blue uniforms and duty belts on each day and go out and do 'it' every day.
God Bless them!"

[Pp. 1-2]

Prominent pastors on Twitter and YouTube, or pop writers turned pastors, will accrue pastor worshipers and make a mockery of you via the internet if you dare speak any warning to them. But to those pastors who are encouraging what is going on, I would--were they to listen--tell them to listen to the unheard cries of officers who go to bed at night feeling ashamed, scared for their families, or hated. You speak of Romans 13 and yet do no better with your words than the rebels on the street. Stop it!

It's Christmas time. Regardless of your political inclinations or views of specific cases, stop criminalizing this profession as a whole. Stop and thank someone that puts their lives on the line for you daily. Use your words more wisely.