In the wake of disgusting acts, like the assassination of five police officers last night, only grief and horror is left. It is the same grief that Alton Sterling’s son felt. It is the same horror that Philando Castile’s girlfriend expressed after being placed in a cop car, where her daughter comforted her.
The officers who died last night were public servants. They had taken an oath to serve and protect their communities. It is unacceptable to voice discontent through violence. The Black Lives Matter movement has been non-violent. They are not trying to perpetuate a War on Police but enable systematic change so that black and brown skinned people are not targeted and killed.
As with the Orlando shooting, and any other tragedy, we will know more as time passes. Today, we should all stand in support for those who sacrifice their lives to serve our community. The best path forward for everyone, no matter background, job, and role, is to come together and appreciate the positive things that police have in our communities.