–Your son/daughter/father/mother/sister/brother was gunned down by the police? They weren’t armed. They weren’t running. They were obeying the law and the orders given by the police. They were doing what they were told, yet they were still killed.
–You or someone know was called a thug or ridiculed because they chose to participate in a peaceful march against violence. Then, what would you do if you were ordered to stop marching by the police? (Freedom to Assemble, anyone?)
–Your family members were told repeatedly to stop marching/protesting for civil rights, (rights we ALL deserve in the United States) and to get a job. (Oh, because everyone that marches/protests are unemployed, right?)
-You saw unlawful/unwarranted violence by the police enacted on someone you know and love. What would you do? Stand idle or speak up?
All of these things keep coming up when I see comments all around the internet in regards to Freddie Gray and other men that have been killed by the police. This is a national tragedy. If you don’t think it affects you, well stop for a moment and think, “What if this were happening to me or my family?” Then what would you do?
Just because it hasn’t happened to you personally, doesn’t mean it can’t or won’t. Nothing like this has happened to anyone in my family, but guess what? I STILL CARE! Shouldn’t we all care that a group of men and women who have sworn to serve and protect us, are doing quite the opposite? Shouldn’t we all be appalled by this frequent, unjust behavior?
All I can say is, what if the tables were turned? What if this happened to someone you love? Then what? What would YOU do?