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Reader's View: We must work together to cope with diversity

Police officers must be honored, appreciated and applauded, and the loss of one in the line of duty is too much. The vast majority of police officers risk their lives and are concerned with protecting all of us, though there do appear to be a few...

Police officers must be honored, appreciated and applauded, and the loss of one in the line of duty is too much. The vast majority of police officers risk their lives and are concerned with protecting all of us, though there do appear to be a few guilty of racial profiling.
On the other hand, while most of us believe police officers are fair, some clearly have experienced discriminatory treatment. The loss of one innocent person due to excessive force by police is too many.With some of the media and political rhetoric blaming the current administration of President Barack Obama or Black Lives Matter or others for the officers being killed, I wanted to determine how much worse police death rates really are now. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website shows those dying in the line of duty by year. Lining those numbers up by presidential administrations, I found that the average number of police officers killed in the line of duty per year is at the lowest rate under the current administration than it has been since Dwight D. Eisenhower was president.We do have a serious problem coping with diversity in our society, and blue lives do matter - as do black, red and white. We need to come together and support efforts in our community that are trying to address the problems and opportunities brought by diversity. Violence by any is not the answer. Rather than all of us trying to blame others, let’s get behind police leadership, the efforts and our newly appointed Human Rights Officer Carl Crawford to reach solutions and prevent more polarization.Gary CrossDuluthPolice officers must be honored, appreciated and applauded, and the loss of one in the line of duty is too much. The vast majority of police officers risk their lives and are concerned with protecting all of us, though there do appear to be a few guilty of racial profiling.
On the other hand, while most of us believe police officers are fair, some clearly have experienced discriminatory treatment. The loss of one innocent person due to excessive force by police is too many.With some of the media and political rhetoric blaming the current administration of President Barack Obama or Black Lives Matter or others for the officers being killed, I wanted to determine how much worse police death rates really are now. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website shows those dying in the line of duty by year. Lining those numbers up by presidential administrations, I found that the average number of police officers killed in the line of duty per year is at the lowest rate under the current administration than it has been since Dwight D. Eisenhower was president.We do have a serious problem coping with diversity in our society, and blue lives do matter - as do black, red and white. We need to come together and support efforts in our community that are trying to address the problems and opportunities brought by diversity. Violence by any is not the answer. Rather than all of us trying to blame others, let’s get behind police leadership, the efforts and our newly appointed Human Rights Officer Carl Crawford to reach solutions and prevent more polarization.Gary CrossDuluth

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