Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the slain officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas. Their assassinations were heinous acts of terrorism. We mourn for the fallen who sacrificed their lives protecting us.
There is no excuse for escalating grievances for citizen’s lives lost into an attack on the people who keep us safe. The end result is chaos and a foothold for greater terrorism as occurred in France. There are better ways for us to respond. Remember what Americans truly believe and spread those beliefs instead of rage.
Believe in the rule of law. Believe that a jury of twelve citizen peers will get to the truth. Believe that the overwhelming majority of Americans are good people and do not want to shoot others. Believe that a system that has served us well for 240 years still works. Believe that truth and justice comes with patience and that injustice is often the child of hurried judgement.
How should we resolve these issues? Encourage people to work together. Build trust. Foster studies and create panels to discuss how we can ease tensions between police and those they serve. When these groups produce results, we should prioritize implementing them. We need leadership that will take bold action to lower tensions rather than raise them. This leadership is lacking in our nation today.
Community leaders should observe and comment on police recruitment practices, selection, and training. Both police and community leaders will benefit from understanding the other point of view. Greater trust will result.
Police should be trained in de-escalation techniques. Police forces who have followed this path have produced very strong results.
The Modern Whig Party understands that two sides exist to most issues in our country. When we demonize those who see differently from us, we prevent ourselves from finding solutions. As moderates, our role is to show a new, better way. If Whigs will not embrace this role, who will?
Dale Ritchie is the National Chair of the Modern Whig Party