Every Life Matters: Police Killings Since Ferguson

In a country such as ours it is tragic that there have been over a thousand police killings of unarmed Americans since the death of Michael Brown and Ferguson.

1,083 people of every race, gender, and creed have been killed since then and most of the killings have been in my state of California. Half of that number is police killing white Americans and almost 7 black Americans are killed per million. 756 of those cases since Ferguson are still being investigated.

What kind of country do we live in? We say we have the rule of law but some of these cases proves to me otherwise.

The militarization of the police force ultimately flies against the purpose of the police. While the military has limited policing power when mobilized by state government during martial law, their duty is to protect us from the enemy. The job of law enforcement is to ensure laws are being followed and our citizens are protected from crime or violence. When police officers start believing and train to believe us, the people, are the enemy we have the break down of the rule of law.

It’s not that whether black or white lives matter more, it’s every life matters. Many police officers operate under the rule of law, which we should all be grateful, but there must be a line created that ensures that the police protect the people and that the people aren’t the enemy.

America isn’t Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria or Ukraine. The police shouldn’t treat it like a war zone.