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Ferguson Fires Are A Little Too Close To Home
Unless you have been living under a rock, you are somewhat aware of the unrest that has been going on in Ferguson, MO. Last night looters and vandals burned down buildings and looted local businesses in light of the Grand Jury Verdict.
Ferguson is close to us. I could leave my desk right now and be there in about 25 minutes. I have eaten lunch there with my family. They have a very nice art fair in the neighboring city of Clayton, MO, which I have also been to with my family.
The family of Michael Brown has asked that it become required for police officers to wear body cameras. Regardless of politics, they did lose a son. That is something no parent should ever face. Perhaps this loss and the current violence could have been prevented if required cameras were already the case. Perhaps not. It is impossible to know for sure.
What we do know is that cameras would help reduce the overall amount of police violence and police retaliation that takes place in our great nation. If everyone knew that their interactions with police would be recorded both sides might make smarter choices.
With so much negativity and polarizing debate going on, I find it important to try and find what we can learn and do to move forward in the most positive manner possible.
We ask 2 things of you before this Thanksgiving weekend.
1) Treat others as you would have them treat you. They call it the golden rule for a reason. It is very valuable and it always works.
2) Contact your local law enforcement and tell them you would like them all to wear cameras. If any violence can be prevented - we all win.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving