Two Texas police officers- one black, one white- appeared on Fox and Friends Thursday to talk about a photo that went viral on Twitter back in May of this year. The photo showed both of them with “His Life Matters” written on their hands and arrows pointing to each other.
The Police Chief of the Trinity Police Department in Texas is white – his name is Steven Jones. The black officer, Donald Givens, is also part of the same department. The photo they were talking about is a powerful response to the #BlackLivesMatter crowd.
“We can’t stand behind officers that do bad things. However, the community and the nation can’t condemn every single officer just on the actions of a few.” Chief Jones
Color doesn’t matter to true cops
The two officers reveal what law enforcement professionals already know- that the person standing next to them matters, regardless of skin color. They have families. They are our brothers, sisters, friends, aunts, uncles. They are putting themselves on that thin blue line for us all.
Law enforcement is not about black or white, brown, red or yellow, pink or purple. That person standing next to you is either competent to help you in a battle or they are not- their race is irrelevant. Race is also irrelevant to that oath they take when they are sworn in.
They will never be perfect. There will always be those among them who do not follow their oaths and choose to do wrong things. There will always be those who do not understand the dangers of too much adrenaline in their system and react improperly. But that does not mean all are bad. It does not mean that all should be punished, or that any should die in the line of duty.
Chief Jones and Officer Givens made a powerful statement. The #BlackLivesMatter crowd that shouts for making war with police and killing them are pushing against a family that will stand together. They will not cut and run when trouble comes, and they will not fail to defend each other, regardless of their color. All lives matter- including police.