Police scrutiny deserves conscientious approach

We have a new major problem with police in America.  No, not the fact that we need to ensure that the police are fair to everyone, regardless of race.  No, not the fact that some police need to improve how and when they use deadly force. No, not the fact that the police have become over militarized in too many communities.

And no, not the fact that too many police develop an “us vs. them” attitude when dealing with the public. The new major problem we have with police in America, is a growing sense in the public and the media, that the police are usually in the wrong, especially when it involves a white police officer and a black suspect.

We have escalated from legitimate concerns that police need to improve, to an assumption that the police are out to shoot young black males. That assumption is both false and dangerous.

We need to take a step back from the “Hands Up” and “Black Lives Matter” movements. We need to stop accepting that if and when a white officer shoots a black suspect, buildings will burn, cars will be destroyed, and looting will be rampant. The current situation in America needs a heavy dose of facts and calm.

All lives do matter, and that includes the lives of police officers.

Editor’s note: Mr. Greco is a Scottsdale resident

Mr. Greco is a Scottsdale resident.

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