The Newnan Times-Herald

Opinion

Respect for police officers a must


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • May. 30, 2018 - 5:18 PM

An atmosphere of disrespect hangs over America like the aroma of a teenager’s bathroom.

It pollutes friendships, marriages and the working relationships. This is not shown in any clearer way than the disrespect for law enforcement. Every night on the news we see videos of people cussing out or yelling at policemen when they are being stopped for traffic violations, or refusing arrest and ignoring officers’ orders. It isn’t unusual for officers to be shot for routine traffic stops, but officers are apparently the ones who are being “too violent.” 

The problem is that teenagers or young adults believe that disrespecting officers is a “cool” or “rebellious” thing to do, leading to many problems in our society today. There are also many protesters claiming that police are too violent and are very racist, but it really is just the fact that when officers try to arrest people who won’t listen, they have to use stronger or more brutal force.

I believe that an easy solution is to put fines on people who disrespect officers, or in some cases when the offender is below the age of 18 to take them to juvenile court. It would also help if officers had the power to arrest or handcuff the people who disrespect police officers until parents pick them up or they are taken away by higher officials.

It would be best if people understood the role of law enforcement and the fact that police officers are here to protect citizens’ opinions, not take them away. Police officers are charged with enforcing the laws and upholding the Constitution. Police officers are the ones who protect citizens’ rights to have their opinion or disagree with law enforcement peacefully.

Showing respect to policemen is the same as showing respect to our Constitution, which gives us all the freedoms and rights we enjoy. We should respect the people who protect our freedoms, not hate them. America would be an anarchy without our law enforcement. 

Elijah L. Rogers, age 13
Newnan