To the editor:
In response to Lisa Capobianco’s observations “Stop fighting. Start listening.” in the Friday July 22 edition of the Southington Observer, I take great exception to the phrasing of the fifth paragraph; “…we recently watched the horror of black citizens murdered by police, followed days later by the killing of Dallas police officers…”
First, Webster’s Dictionary says murder is the crime of unlawfully killing a person with malice aforethought. That said, at the bare minimum she should have written, “black citizens killed by police and police murdered by thugs.”
It is a very rare occasion where a police shooting is not justified. The overwhelming number of officers are well trained and very professional, so what is the common denominator of every police shooting in the last several years? Resisting arrest and/or fighting the police. In every case, if the suspect had not resisted or fought the police they would be alive today.
Look at what happened in Baltimore and Ferguson because the media and the Obama administration jumped to the wrong conclusions before the facts were in. They have inflamed a great deal of the minority population, and the political left is fanning the flames. Now our police officer’s lives are at risk, they have been pulling back from doing community police work because of this, and our cities are about to erupt in flames very soon.
It is time for all of the media people to be responsible with their words as their words do have consequences. By sensationalizing a story – “black citizens murdered by police” – when it turns out to be a justified shooting due the fact the suspect fought back and/or attacked the police, the result will be devastating.
The effect is like tipping over a row of dominoes. First you accuse the police of murder. The community withdraws support from the police. The police, fearing reprisal, are slow to respond to an emergency. Before you know it, the neighborhood that needs the police presence the most will have the least and then there is chaos. Why? Because of the inflammatory words of the media and government to sell their point of view and gain support in that community.
Rusty Haigh, Southington