Okay okay, killing is wrong. Its immoral, everyone knows that. I wont state otherwise, nor am I stating that cop-killing is any better. But it sure isnt worse.
But… and this is what I don’t understand… why is cop-killing so exaggerated and emphasized on our society. You see it in the news… “he’s a cop killer, we don’t tolerate that in LA”… or on television dramas like CSI and SVU, “cop killer this, cop killer that”.
I’m wondering why its such of a big deal.
Cops are cops for a reason. They chose their line of work. They chose to face off against the criminal element. They are on the front lines of our city streets, and face the criminal element every day. They know what they are doing, like firefighters and the military, they put themselves into risky situations by accepting the job. Its dangerous by its very nature.
So, why is it when a criminal kills a cop, its like the world is coming to an end? I don’t want to sound callous or like I don’t care… it IS sad. Cops have families and a personal life, too, and its always sad when someone dies.
But what a double standard it is, indeed, to get hard-core on the civilian populous and pursue “justice for the cops”. More like revenge, if you ask me. Corruption.
I am sitting here wondering about all the poor innocent civilians who were out doing their own thing, living their lives, coming home to their families… who were viciously attacked, unprovoked, and died at the hands of the criminal element. What about them? Why is their life de-emphasized? Why are they any less valued than the cops who die in the line of duty? Why should justice be less pursued?
Praise the military, all the men and women who died in the line of duty serving our country. Their deaths are sad, too. But necessary. They died preserving our way of life and should be appreciated. But they knew what they were doing just the same. Their deaths are no more deserving of justice than a civilian or a cop.
Frankly, if you ask me, Id say that cops and the military are less deserving of justice. Why? Because its their choice to put themselves in harms way protecting the innocent civilians. And its their job to do so. I think its sadder when the innocent civilian loses his life, unexpectedly, plucked from home and family, all the while thinking that the police were out there to protect him. He is more deserving of justice, not less.
I despise the arrogant, prideful mentality of pseudo-justice, borderline vengeance, that the police enforce for themselves and their kind. If they can pursue justice with that level of determination, shouldn’t they be doing so for each and every innocent that is victimized? They get each others back at the cost of those they were meant to serve. In spite of the civilian lives they failed to protect.
The officers of the law and the keepers of the peace are heroes if there ever were any. But praise the civilian who rushes into a burning building or jumps in front of a bullet to save another. Those who consciously chose to be heroes arent, and in a round about way forfeit their own lives to their duty. This makes them heroes yet again, in a different way of thinking, but hardly gives them any more right to justice.