The long-held belief that officers symbolize a “thin blue line” that maintains order is possibly the clearest example of America’s deification of police.
Gut-wrenching acts of police violence against black people were captured on video and shared widely this past week. In Minneapolis, Philando Castile was executed, and while he was dying in a car seat, his girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, narrated a Facebook livestream. In Baton Rouge, Alton Sterling was brutalized by police,
There will continue to be blowback against police so long as officers engage in horrific acts of violence and oppression against minority communities.