The statistics are stunning!
About 1,200 people in America were killed by police in 2022, while 64 police officers were killed!
Any police life lost is unacceptable, as the vast majority of law enforcement personnel are good people, dedicating their lives to fighting crime, and working to make the lives of American citizens better and safer.
But a statistic of 1.200 people killed by police is shocking, and totally unacceptable, and while there are, certainly, some of those killed being criminals dangerous to others, many victims are people with mental and emotional issues, and often not directly harmful to others.
And the horrendous death of Tyre Nichols, who was at most possibly involved in speeding his vehicle, and that is not yet known, shocks all decent people, in the manner in which Memphis police abused him, and how none of the five police charged with second degree murder was willing to step in and stop the victimization of this young man!
And the idea that others who showed up to give medical help stood by for about 19 minutes, not rendering Tyre Nichols aid that could have saved his life, is even more unbelievable and reprehensible!
Our law enforcement community is there to protect us, but that does not give license to engage in behavior more reminiscent of criminal elements and urban gangs.
Tyre Nichols was a gentle soul, small in frame, and abused by police officers much heavier and stronger than he was, and the idea that five black officers did this takes away the so called “race card”, but is inexplicable!
Major reforms must be instituted to insure that this situation never repeats itself anywhere in America, but it seems as if the Republican Party will refuse to cooperate to deal with the trauma caused by this miscarriage of justice!