Have there been any real lessons learned since the anniversary today that marks one year since of the deadliest shooting attack on police in U.S. history? The setting was Downtown Dallas, the event was a march against police brutality against unarmed black men. Then, in the blink of an eye, a paradoxical event occurred where the officers became the targets and an armed black man became the culprit. In the end, 5 officers died, the shooter blown up by a robotic device, 9 other officers injured, along with 2 civilians. In the aftermath, there’s been increasing hostility on both sides, with civilians and police officers each reaching a new level of distrust towards one another.
The problems with cop-on-civilian or civilian-on-cop shootings, there’s stepped up rhetoric, yet no real change is ever achieved. The immediate effects just add to a more toxic environment that feeds into more violence and chaos, where cops don’t get charged or acquitted and citizens lash out, injuring and killing officers unprovoked. The only lesson to truly be learned from incidents like these is that treating violence with violence is not beneficial in getting any real change done.