This is re-posted from my Facebook page.
Jay Dobyns Facebook 11.25.14:
Since the Ferguson shooting 41 police officers have been killed in the line of duty – men, women, black, white, Latino, Asian.
No one rioted for them. No one from the Obama administration attended their funerals. Their deaths serving the public were limited to a blip on the public radar, consolations from within the the law enforcement world and a black band over the badges of their peers in remembrance. The media barely reacted.
I’m hearing lots of “as a black person” we are free to be shot and killed. Ignorance and racism is disgusting but if there is truly an “open season” it is on the police. Cops are free to be attacked, shot and killed because they wear a badge or a blue uniform. And guess what? It happens everyday to zero fanfare or protest.
You really wanna know what it feels like to have a target on your back and a bounty on your head? Try being a cop. The haters don’t care what color you are. They hate what you stand for. And, people of all colors accept it as a cost of doing business.
When I went to Los Angeles in 1992 to assist in riot control, below is what I faced – “X” outs and sniper bullets (under my arm on the drivers door). I drove from Arizona to California with lights and sirens at 100 mph to work to assist a community that did not look like me. I didn’t go so much to quell rioters as I did to help protect the good, innocent, hard working people in South Central, most of whom were black. It wasn’t just me, two dozen of us from Arizona, mostly white, raced to try and help in a community to which we had no ownership and was almost entirely black.
It was not about white or black or oppression of a culture or a verdict. It was about right and wrong and many of us willingly placed ourselves in harms way to do it. No one said thanks. None needed to. It was just what “those dirty white cops” do. No appreciation or concern was, or is, required. Honored to have tried to help.
Grace to ALL involved in Ferguson rioting – protestors and police – and in demonstrations around the country. Very sad days for all people who live here