Cordoned off Main Street in Dallas following the shooting
of police officers during a rally on July 7, 2016.
anything else, to some of our readers who might question why we are
commenting on this "American" issue, the reason is because we are
Filipino-Americans and feel the need to express our opinion about
seemingly unjustified killings by American police officers of minority
malesóone in Minnesota and another in Louisiana, this past weekówas the
main reason a gunman shot and killed five police officers and wounded
six others yesterday in downtown Dallas.
law enforcement in general, in our opinion, shoulders most of the blame
for the Dallas incident. And if these kind of incidents are to never be
repeated, police departments across the United States need to be
For starters, American
policemen are more often than not, an arrogant bunch. Many of them tend
to look down on ordinary citizens. And with Television, Hollywood, and
the press continually idolizing their exploits and turning them into
larger-than-life heroes, many police officers develop a gigantic chip on
their shoulders that is readily evident when they interact with ordinary
That arrogant behavior
of cops has largely been tolerated by the communities they serve
because, admittedly, policing is a difficult and oftentimes dangerous
job. The problem is that things have gotten way too extreme and many
citizens now feel that some policemen are killing people in cold blood.
conveniently justify their use of deadly force even in situations where
it is clearly uncalled for by claiming that they feared for their lives.
After such incidents an impenetrable blue wall of silence surrounds and
protects even guilty officers.
Here's what must
enforcement must be revamped ... completely. As a CNN commentator
recently stated, psychological testing for all police recruits must be
implemented nationwide. Those who show a tendency towards violence,
abuse of power, racism, corruption, etc., should not be allowed to enter
Secondly, cops should
also begin policing themselves. If they see one of their own who behaves
in an abusive, condescending manner towards the public, or displays
tendencies that run contrary to proper policing, they should report
those individuals to the appropriate authorities up the chain of
command. Each and every policeman must realize that if they tolerate
rough cops within their ranks, they lose the support of the community
and end up making their jobs much more difficult and dangerous.
The recent events in
Dallas very clearly highlight the fact that when people feel that they
are being treated unjustly, there might be a few who feel the need to
retaliate. That only ratchets-up the violence and makes the job of a
police officer so much more dangerous.