Care is needed to protect protesters, police

Care is needed to protect protesters, police

While Milwaukee becomes the latest city to grapple with the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting of an African-American man, New York City is confronted by a frightening escalation of tensions. We as a nation must be very careful how we deal with both.

The Milwaukee case is another in a string of deaths caused by police officers where the officer involved was not charged. As in other cases protestors have taken to the streets. That is their right, and it is a right that must be protected. But the murder of two police officers in New York, apparently fueled at least in part by the chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island suggests it’s time for a different level of caution.

The suspect in the police killings obviously has issues beyond anti-government feelings. But some of the protests around the country have become simply anti-cop, any cop, and that’s dangerous and wrong.

While the right to protest is one we hold dear, the call for justice must clearly exclude any suggestion of retribution and to the extent possible efforts to stoke explosive emotions against all police officers.