Police shootings

OK. Everybody is getting pretty sick of police shooting. I guess this last one really pushed me over the edge. I suppose it is because the victim works in the same field I do–mental health–and was shot while doing his job. In addition, when he was shot he was laying on the ground with his hands in the air. This may be the most outrageous police shooting incident yet.

Interestingly, after he was shot in the leg he asked the cop, “Why did you shoot me?”

The cop responded, “I don’t know.” His attorney says he was shooting at the victim’s autistic client. If this is true, it does not make the situation better.

I’m not going to list all the things that are wrong with this scenario. I’ll leave that for you to decide. But I will suggest some solutions

When you have a pattern like this it means your whole society is sick. To change that it will take a comprehensive two pronged approach.

Certainly, our leaders need to change the way police are hired and trained. I think at this point everybody understands that. Here’s the part that most people miss: A society is made up of individuals. The attitudes and beliefs of each individual define that society. An individual may feel powerless to change society, but only you can change you.

So if you want to change any aspect of our sick society, look within. Drop your judgmental thinking. Be inclusive–it’s not “us vs them”, it’s all us. Do this in spite of your fears. Actually listen to the needs and concerns of your fellow human beings. Let go of beliefs not supported by facts. Cultivate an attitude of compassion and gratitude.

I know that most people don’t like to look within. People don’t think they need to change anything about themselves. People are afraid. Well, guess what: If the events in our society scare you, buckle in because it is going to get worse. It’s going to get worse until a “critical mass” of individuals change.

You decide.

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