Ramyaa Megginson 10/22/2020 3rd period Discussion Board 3 Police and the justice system play a major role in our everyday lives. As citizens, we have set laws we are expected to abide by. Failure to do so would result in conflict with the enforcers of law, or the police. Since the idea of a government was introduced, there have always been issues between citizens and the government for numerous reasons. To start, I believe that police officers do have an obligation to the citizenry because their purpose is to protect and serve the citizens. They do this by enforcing law. As a police officer, a major part of the job is to protect the people when they can not protect themselves. With this, sometimes choices and actions are made on behalf of the officers that are deemed unfair or wrong to the citizens. The media plays an important role in this as well. I do believe that in some cases, police officers are unfairly blamed for social problems. For example, around early June, to late August, Black Lives Matter, and civil rights movements were very present. With this, came loads of hatred and anger towards police officers and the justice system as a whole. Although the sole purpose behind the civil rights movement and black lives matter was the justice system’s failure on behalf of black lives, police officers began to become generalized and ended up leading to good cops being seen as equal to the small amount of bad cops that exist. The police- public relationship is so complex because of the amount of cases of police misconduct. It becomes difficult to feel protected by the justice system when the media makes it appear as if police are AGAINST us. One thing that plays a major part in this is racial profiling. There have been too many cases where innocent black men, women, and children, are killed due to false assumptions made from police officers. It’s so bad to the point where many people of color automatically feel uneasy when seeing a police officer, although they are fully aware they Ramyaa Megginson 10/22/2020 3rd period have done nothing wrong. Another thing that plays a major role in the complexity of policepublic relations is the failure of the justice system to incarcerate police officers that obviously were in wrongdoing. Breonna Taylor, a young black woman that was shot in her own home, while she was SLEEPING, due to a policer walking into the wrong house and assuming she had broken in, was murdered over a year ago. Her killers are still free, living a normal life, while her boyfriend was arrested in an attempt to protect him and his girlfriend. Although he was released, the fact that the officer that killed an INNOCENT black woman has not faced jail time is sickening, and puts a lot of fear into black people, and people of color’s hearts. The only way that I could think of for police officers to better the relationship between the people is to simply do better. Police officers behavior is often generalized because although there are good cops, it is rarely seen that they stand up to “bad cops”. Since the idea of government was introduced, the citizens, and the government have always bumped heads. Both sides are to blame for this. The people for not wanting to abide by certain laws, and the government, specifically the justice systems, failure to correctly enforce laws and partake in their duty to protect and serve. This has placed a major fear factor in the citizens if the government.