Last Wednesday, August 14, six police officers in Philadelphia were wounded when the man they were trying to apprehend opened fire on them. Immediately following the shooting, a large crowd of African American people harassed the officers - charging them, throwing objects at them, yelling at them. Watching the video posted within the article on www.thenewmerican.com, one can’t help but notice the ridiculous amount of cell phones being held up by those anticipating – hoping – that one of the officers would retaliate so they can post in on their YouTube page as “police abuse.”
This anti-police atmosphere has been, and is being, blamed on Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krassner, who – according to the TNA article and another article posted on NPR – promotes a culture of anti-police hatred, calling officers corrupt, racist and war criminals.
When it comes to all the anti-police rhetoric around the country and the over-all big picture of citizens being involved with and supporting their local law enforcement, many do not realize that role of the District Attorney.
A District Attorney is an elected position. If the DA acts unethically (or un-Constitutionally), a complaint can be filed with the state Attorney General.
One of the problems in this case (and in many cases) is that citizens are quick to point a finger at who’s to blame, and often don’t consider their own role. One of the beautiful things about being a U.S. citizen is that almost every position in our government is elected. If they’re not elected directly by us, they’re appointed by someone whom we elected. WE THE PEOPLE have a say in almost EVERYTHING.
If your police officers are unethical and corrupt, you can do something about it. If your police officers are of strong moral character but the Chief or Sheriff or DA is not, you can do something about it. If the Mayor or City Manager has a record of appointing corrupt police chiefs, you can do something about it.
I think you get the point. Our local government was designed to be a system of checks and balances – no one person holds all the power. The problem is that – thanks to our lack of education for the past 50+ years – most people don’t understand the importance of their role in their local government. They’ve been indoctrinated to think that government should fix everything (which almost always causes more problems).
So – if you happen to be one of the more educated folks reading this, share your wisdom. Educate others on the hierarchy and chain of command of local government, the role and responsibility of the citizen in their local government, and remind your local elected officials of the oath they swore to protect and abide by the Constitution when they entered office.