The shooting last week of a Columbus, Ohio teenager of a police officer has also sparked a fierce debate about law enforcement competence and enthusiasm.
As you will recall, Columbus police were called in for a brutal knife attack. Body camera footage later revealed one of the young women tried to stab another before the shooting.
To be sure, the police officer, who is white, faces a terrible problem that requires a quick verdict. If he hadn’t fired his weapon at what he did, it would appear that almost a woman would have been stabbed, perhaps, fatally.
Police work always requires swift and decisive action. While the later look can be 20/20, the heat of the moment rarely provides the same luxury. A special person is required to be entrusted with the responsibility of policing. As citizens, we should be grateful to the men and women who volunteered to wear the badge to ensure our safety.
Justice Department officials recently announced plans to investigate police practices in both Minneapolis and Louisville, Kentucky-areas that have been the focal point of intense controversy over the past few years.
Accountability is a critical component of any profession, especially law enforcement. It is important to know and correct instances of illegal police. Not only does inappropriate action put citizens at risk, but damage the integrity and diligence of every law -abiding official.
At the same time, if we only focus on the anatomy of an area where crime took place and its consequences but do not examine what caused it in the first place, we will never get to the origin of the first problem.
Almost every current incident involving the use of police force has caused some damage everywhere. Police are not called in for picnics or other happy, peaceful occasions. They are called in when there is trouble – and rarely does the family have more problems than they do now.
The media was quick to crack down on how the police responded to a knife attack, but why didn’t anyone tell me why a teenage girl was trying to stab someone else?
I can tell you why – it’s because in most of these events there is a disability in their lives, their homes and their neighborhoods. They miss what they need – loving, practical parenting models of healthy living. And that’s true in black, white or Hispanic communities.
The statistics are sad, shocking – and revealing.
According to current findings, 40% of children are born to unmarried mothers, and 35% of children grow up without their mother or father at home.
Is every child raised by a single parent incarcerated? Of course not – but they are certainly more vulnerable and easily overwhelmed by a lifestyle and behavior that contributes to incarceration and other forms of cultural inaction.
Fatherless children are twice as likely to miss school and twice as likely to commit suicide as children who live with a mother and father.
When it comes to crime, seventy percent of youth in correctional facilities do not have a father in their home. Let’s play. The fathers involved rapidly lower the risk of a child ending up on the railroad.
More than fifty years ago, there was a sociologist named Daniel Patrick Moynihan who served in the administration of President Lyndon Johnson. He would later become a beloved senator from New York.
As part of his responsibilities for the administration, Moynihan studied the black family, which began to settle. At the heart of Senator Moynihan’s findings is the warning that the nuclear family (a mother, father and children) is broken. He warned that disintegration, if not resolved and reversed, could be a cultural disaster. He was right – and now that collapse transcends all racial groups.
What we are witnessing today in America is not widespread police brutality caused by systematic racism – we are reaping the whirlwind of decades of bad policies, poor self -decisions and a culture that has disappeared.
Unfortunately, by focusing on the wrong problem, we risk equating the crisis by dismantling and weakening policing in our country.
If our country is serious about resolving these issues, we will recognize and recognize that the best antidote is to maintain healthy family life, and no other form of family can nearly provide as many benefits for healthy development. to the child like a child being raised. of his own married mother and father.