by Tina M. Cameron
Enough is enough is the hashtag I use almost everyday on different social media sites. It has to do with the articles I read about the numerous, daily, senseless, heartbreaking murders of our country’s Law Enforcement Officers (LEO). They run into danger, and they risk their lives every single day that they go to work. They are husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, moms, and dads. Some are even the furry kind. LEOs are overworked, underpaid, and even disrespected by some until those people need help.
I don’t even watch the news anymore because it is too depressing. What our world has come to? Unfortunately, it is a daily occurrence for gang violence, mass shootings, and police deaths. Police are dying either at the hand of criminals or by their own gun.
Families both blood and blue are being devastated by these tragedies. Children are losing a parent. Wives are becoming widows. Enough is enough. These brave people signed up to serve and protect, and they are being targeted. My heart breaks when I read about their stories. I’ve been told, “stop reading about it,” but it is nearly impossible to not hear about. I am a very sensitive person with a big heart, so I care about people including those who I don’t even know. I feel the family’s pain. I am also a huge dog lover, so when I hear of a K9 officer being injured or killed, my heart also breaks for them.
My brother retired last December from law enforcement, and I am so thankful he did and that in his career he was fortunate enough to make it home to his family. I have many friends in law enforcement, have dated officers, and just recently in December, I got to spend several hours with the K9 unit from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. It was amazing.
In January 2019, we already lost four police officers by gunfire, and another four officers were shot and injured recently in Houston. Two K9 officers have also been killed. This is unacceptable. Enough is enough.
I wrote about this because it weighs on my heart. If you see an officer, thank them for protecting our streets and tell them to be careful—I do both every time I meet an officer. They deserve nothing but respect from everyone for running towards danger as most would run away. They are heroes without capes.