As a group, they are often judged because of the actions of a few bad ones. Their motivations are often judged not by the content of their character but by the color of their skin. They are often assumed guilty until proven innocent—and even then, people reject the verdict. They are harassed, defamed, stalked, attacked, assaulted, regularly spit on and called obscene things, shot at, injured and even killed. Every day that they leave their houses, their families don’t know if they’re coming back. My father was a member of this minority; and when I was just five years old, he was taken from us.
For every day of peace you’ve enjoyed, not being accosted, robbed, raped or killed, you should thank a police officer. Don’t hate heroes—it’s just not right.
Ken Hamrick, 2014