Our police and court systems have been under scrutiny recently. Grand juries in Missouri and New York decided NOT to indict police officers involved in the use of deadly force.
At the end of the day, we have the best system in the world, but it's not perfect. We're judged by a jury of our peers. How can we expect perfect outcomes or the outcome we want when people are not perfect.
Now our men and women in uniform do a great job keeping you and me safe. Most are well-trained and make good decisions. And yes, like with every group, there are bad apples and they must be held accountable. But remember, officers make the best decision they can as situations happen. They have to make split second decisions that determine life or death.
I assure you our police officers do not take it lightly. They make the best decision they can at the time. It's only after the fact that we figure out if it was the best decision. That said, anyone who abuses their authority or intentionally hurts others should be punished. In most cases they are.
Our system isn't perfect. But it's the best one we have. Support our law enforcement and court system. And be active in telling both what you expect. It will make this A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager