Isaac J. Iowa

Police Targeting

How police are being treated

Dear Future President,

Are you aware of how people are treating law enforcement officers in our country? People disrespect them by not doing what they ask, and in some cases they even kill them. This needs to be out to an end because law enforcement officers protect us as citizens of the United States. They need to be able to do their jobs without interference and without being targeted in any way, shape, or form.

Police brutality is quickly becoming more and more of a problem in the United States. There have been lots of law enforcement deaths between the years 2006 and 2015. People are being disrespectful and brutal towards police. On the other hand, when law enforcement officers do their job and try to protect themselves they get targeted by the public and the media for being “brutal” towards people. The police have the right to do their jobs and when people resist or disrespect them they should be able to do their job without being heavily criticized.

There are many causes of law enforcement deaths in the United States and the most common way is with the use of firearms. According to the FBI, there were 41 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2015, and 38 of them were by the use of a firearm. Also between 2006 and 2015 there have been 521 deaths of law enforcement officers due to firearms. A lot of these deaths have to do with people disrespecting the police and their authority. This needs to change because law enforcement officers protect people and make sure that they can live safe lives.

The effects of police brutality can be rather tough for friends and especially the family of the officer. If an officer is killed it can and will cause the family great pain. In the country there isn’t much being done about police brutality. There are movements going against the police and making it sound like they are terrible people that only want to kill or hurt people. This is backwards and we as a country need to be on the side of those who protect us. The media plays a big part in how people view police brutality and they say that the police are at fault for what is happening.

Police are being disrespected, threatened, and even killed by people in our country. They have the right to do their job and if someone is interfering with their job or giving them a reason to feel unsafe they should be able to do what they need to do in order to feel safe. In the past 10 years there have been a lot of law enforcement deaths by the use of firearms and they’re mainly out of disrespect. The effect of police brutality is very hard for families to deal with as well. So next president, please speak out about this issue and make a difference for law enforcement officers across the country.

Sincerely,

Isaac Jorgensen

Dike-New Hartford High School

Dike-New Hartford English II

Petri's English II students

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