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Today's viewpoint: Respect officers

Joe Sciortino Joe Sciortino

Across this great country there has been a lot of attention on the actions of law enforcement that I think we forget the thousands of public servants who risk their lives daily doing the right thing. These people serve their communities honorably and I believe that most of us know this.

Police officers are submitted to rigorous physical training and trained to handle split-second decisions during high-pressure situations. It is true that in some cases they have made the wrong decision.

But I ask, what is our responsibility if we find ourselves in a situation with an officer? In light of publicized events like the Memphis officer killed earlier this month and our own officers Deen and Tate, there are no longer routine traffic stops.

It is important for all of us to remember that officers are on edge now with each and every stop. We need to watch our body language and help to lower the tension. We need to follow the officer’s directions and treat them respectfully.

The good news is that there are far more good outcomes than bad and unfortunately we seldom hear about the good ones. Remember they are not perfect but we must be a community that pushes back against violence toward officers and respects law enforcement.

This is today’s Viewpoint.

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