Police officers get up each morning and prepare to protect and serve all of us. They have a right to expect to come home to their families and neighbors unharmed. We give them maximum leeway in the execution of their difficult and often dangerous duties, but we do not give them the right to act recklessly or unlawfully or to misuse their power to administer lethal force.
If the police want us to respect them, they need to demonstrate that they respect us - all of us. There is no justification for shooting a fleeing person in the back by anyone, but especially not by a police officer.
It is time to hear police members denounce the pattern of shoot first then let a grand jury cover up the injustice. The impression is that the protection of the "brotherhood" is more important than the integrity of our police force. We citizens need to be reassured by law-abiding, caring, upright police officers that they too are outraged at all criminal acts, no matter who commits them.
Please, don’t let us down. Insist that your unions and police associations are on record condemning criminal behavior, including acts within our police departments.
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(Moss is a former Tacoma mayor.)