(UnitedVoice.com) – Police support in America has plummeted, inspiring months of protests across the country. In some cases, those simple shows of action turned into outright riots that left cities looking like war zones filled with graffiti and damage.
The response from local authorities has been mixed; some seem more interested in fanning the flames, while others are doing everything they can to bridge the gap and make peace. On June 1st, The Washington Post uploaded a video showcasing the many officers supporting protests by marching, praying, and kneeling with activists to show solidarity.
John Catanzara, head of the Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago, doesn’t seem to agree with their actions. He issued a warning to all Chicago officers, stating that, “If you kneel, you’ll be risking being thrown out of the lodge.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, on the other hand, shared a much different position. The city’s leader told reporters that she disagreed with Catanzara’s comments, saying, “I don’t really think we should credit those kinds of really unfortunate comments.”
Two key issues here are 1. Cops kneeling in uniform as representatives of a city and a department, and 2. Are they kneeling WITH protesters or TO protesters?
Kneeling is a sign of surrender in many cultures, which could theoretically influence more violent crime and make the police seem weak. Some argue, however, if events remain peaceful, seeing officers kneeling might help crowds come together with local authorities for the greater good.
What do you think? Is kneeling a sign of respect or surrender?
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