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Monday, December 15, 2014

Can we still call 911?

We've all heard something about Ferguson, Missouri lately.

We've all heard something about Eric Garner lately.

This weekend, I read an article in my hometown newspaper about an instance of police abuse on social media.

It's going everywhere.

To be completely honest, I don't know what to think about all of this police brutality. There is so much of it that is coming to light, that it's making me so unsure of what the truth is. It's confusing because the police are supposed to be the "good guys." They're supposed to be the ones who go through extensive training and preparation to serve their fellow citizens by keeping them safe and enforcing the law. However, I don't think that this allows them to take the law into their own hands.

In terms of what happened in Chattanooga, a police officer commented on a Facebook post about racial injustice. Police brutality has been a hot topic lately, and when Officer William Puckett commented on this post, he aimed his comments towards Chris Brooks, a "local activist," according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

I'll spare you all the back and forth, but essentially, people are claiming that Puckett has added to the brutality fire by saying that Brooks is unqualified to have an opinion on racial injustice. He has violated the police's social media codes, and now every text message he has sent for the past 2 years is about to be a part of public records.

Some think that Puckett had every right to express his opinion, even though the manner in which he did so goes against the department's regulations. On the other hand, Puckett is just adding fuel to an already raging fire.

I'm glad a case of physical violence hasn't happened in Chattanooga yet, but I'm also now weary of making the police the first people I turn to in case of an emergency.

What do you think? How do you feel about all of these cases of police brutality?

xx, Victoria

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