A coworker and friend of mine, Gordon Brander, sent me the link to a really good article today.
It’s quite an interesting read, and makes a lot of good points; please take a minute or two and look over it. I haven’t fully made a personal decision about it, but I do think this exposes some potentially serious flaws in the amount of information that the public has access to.
I am grateful for the police, the persons who truly do walk out the door each morning not knowing for sure that they’ll walk back through it that evening. I teach my children that the police are friends, and people they can trust. I just want to be sure that enough information is publicly available, so that officers can be held accountable for their actions — good or bad.
It’s definitely a very difficult situation. I do believe that people should be accountable for what they do, and there should be no half-truths or lies about it. I also hate, though, that it seems that people empowered to take life, i.e, police officers and soldiers, are often more scrutinized than the criminals they are protecting us from. No one individual should have complete power in situations like this, but I do think we ought to be letting people do their jobs, as well. There needs to be an appropriate balance of power…a police department shouldn’t operate in a veil of secrecy, but nor should a newspaper make it its’ constant job to take down those who are sworn to protect and defend the citizenry.
I do believe that often, the secrecy that is so often employed is what causes this fear and mistrust of our armed professionals. If people have no idea what is going on, they get scared. It is much the same with our current war. If we were all more informed as to what our soldiers were fighting against, we would probably be much more grateful and trust them a lot more. But on the other hand, constant criticism of someone’s performance, constantly looking for wrongdoing, will cause the criticized to shrink back and hide. More openness on both sides is warranted, I feel.
Well stated Ann, I agree with everything you stated; especially the part about
I do feel that too often, the media is all too quick to defend the ‘poor picked on criminal’ than to stand up for the defenders.
Thanks for the comment!