|Slain Police Officers (left to right) Liquori Tate, Benjamin Deen, and Brian Moore|
Citing police/community relations as "one of the most challenging issues of our time," Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that if it is determined that violations are found, the investigation will result in a "court-enforceable agreement" to change the practices of the Baltimore Police Department. In addition to investigating any possible violations of duty by police officers, why doesn't the Attorney General consider investigating what makes people commit the crimes that result in murdered cops? The Justice Department says it wants to look into any patterns of unconstitutional actions by police departments across the country. But I have real concerns about the Feds swooping in every time there is a high profile case and the public demands it. Is that how we fix the problem? And is there even an attempt to identify what is at the core of these problems? If there is a crisis in relations between the police and the community, why are we only looking at the police part of that equation?
I will agree that if the police are over-reaching their authority, then they must be reined in. We cannot tolerate law enforcement that oppresses or represses our constitutional rights. But can we go too far in restraining them, and end up impeding law and order? It is my real fear that there is a movement to vilify the police (with prejudice), as well as unspoken permission given by politicians and community leaders to attack them in retaliation for perceived injustices. We must remember that Police hold a special place in the criminal justice system. Not only do the activities of law enforcement officers affect the operations of the entire criminal justice system, but police are said to be the “gate keepers” of the system and a lawful society. They are the guardians of a civilized society; and they are what stands between us and the consequences of lawlessness.
There is already talk that police officers may become less willing or slower to serve their communities and uphold the law. Can you really blame them? Every thug or criminal sees the trend ... there's a crackdown on cops and they [the criminals] are not being held responsible or accountable for their actions. And it's all playing into Satan's hand. If we hamstring the cops -- if they hold back and don't feel confident in doing their job, then you can count on more crime and chaos in the world. Satan is licking his chops at the prospects!
I have three nephews -- all brothers -- who are law enforcement officers. And I can tell you that their motives are pure. They do it out of a sense of serving the public, as do the majority of those who keep the peace, and protect lives and property. They know that there is good and evil in this world, and they choose to confront evil, so we don't have to.
What happened to respect for law enforcement and authority? And don't tell me that all the fault lies with the police. Without question, the crime in our society is unprecedented. Men refuse to follow God's laws or the government God has put in place. They want to make their own laws and follow their own rules. The law exists because there are bad people; and so there is a need for those who will uphold the law to keep our communities from falling into disorder, anarchy, and frankly... from going straight to hell.
We are on a very slippery slope in this nation. Will we uphold the rule of law and support those who provide a protective wall between us and evil? Or will we tip the scales towards Satan and allow the Lawless One to score a victory for those who follow him?
1 Timothy 1:9 "We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,"