- Civilians: A person not in the armed services or the police force.
- Demonized: Evil and threatening.
- Implications: The action of being involved in something.
- Issue: A problem that is for discussion.
- Methodology~ Using a system to study a specific area or activity.
- Racial: Going back to a race.
- Risk: Situations that can cause danger.
- Victim: Someone who's harmed or may be killed/injured from an accident, crime or any other event.
- Violence: Causing Harm.
Is the rate of officers being killed, on the line of duty really increasing?
Death rates for police officers have been going up in the last few years and instead of civilians being victims, it is the officers who are . According to Mark Berman and Kevin Uhrmacher from The Washington Post, “With days remaining in 2016, the number of officers killed in ambush attacks this year is more than double the average from the previous decade.” Violence on police officers has been gradually increasing in 2016, unlike in past years. The Washington Post has also stated that, “In most fatal shootings, officers say they were confronted by people with guns, and in about half of those cases, these people fired at the officers.” Many people who say the reason why suspects are firing back at police officers is because there is unfair treatment towards African Americans from officers themselves. Police officers tend to be let off with a warning, get no punishment, or might even be rewarded for it. That is why many people have negative feelings towards the police force. Others would say it would be payback for the way officers unfairly killed other victims, and they want to take revenge for how African Americans were being treated. The community started to realize that it was unfair treatment towards the African Americans which lead to them starting the Black Lives Movement.
Is the Black Lives Matter movement the reason officers are being targeted?