By Rep. Dean Fisher, Rep. Sandy Salmon & Rep. Skyler Wheeler
It’s been brought to our attention that elected officials are being far too silent when it comes to supporting our law enforcement professionals during this period of civil unrest and protest. The point is well taken, and I intend to change that right now.
Yes, the heinous act of cruelty that was enacted on George Floyd was wrong. Under no circumstances should a law officer commit such an act, nor should his colleagues stand down and allow it to happen before their very eyes. These officers should and must be prosecuted.
Over the past few days many have tried to assert that this kind of abuse is systemic in law enforcement, that law enforcement is systemically racist against people of color. This is an absurd argument, and must not go unchallenged any longer. The vast majority of our law enforcement officers are not racist, nor are they prone to excessive force. The acts of a few do not define the entirety of our officers. Such assertions are themselves bigoted and prejudicial.
We the citizens of this great nation ask our law enforcement officers to go into harms way on a daily basis on our behalf. We ask them to insert themselves into dangerous domestic violence incidents, we ask them to subdue violent criminals who carry deadly weapons, we ask them to crawl into the slimy underbelly of the drug world and the sex trade to attempt to stop these heinous crimes. We ask them to go out in the dark of night and in the foulest weather without hesitation. We owe them our support and our respect. We all sleep more comfortably, and go about our daily business with more confidence, knowing these brave men and women are always ready to protect us. We must thank them for their service and sacrifice.
The risks that law enforcement officers take on a daily basis have been heightened in many cities for the last week as many have taken to the streets to riot and loot. Some of our officers have died at the hands of these criminals, and we dare not forget those sacrifices either. We owe them our gratitude for putting themselves in harm’s way as they face violent crowds of rioters in order to keep us safe.
It is sad to see that many elected officials have seen fit to accept the idea that law enforcement is systemically racist. That idea is demeaning and racist towards our law enforcement officers in and of itself, and utterly false. Some cities have now gone so far as to begin work to dismantle their law enforcement departments, particularly in Minneapolis. That mentality is an insane idea brought by radical Leftists, and it will not end well if implemented. Every civilized society throughout the world has a law enforcement agency at every level of government for a reason, it is fundamental to a functioning society.
We ask a great deal of our law enforcement officers, and it must not go unrecognized. I wish to thank the law enforcement officers throughout our cities, counties, and state for the work they do. I greatly appreciate your efforts to keep our loved ones safe from harm. It’s not an easy job, and we owe you our gratitude for your sacrifice.