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Story by Kaitlyn Gordon, photo editor

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In their eyes, he’s nothing more than an officer. He doesn’t come home to a family who loves him every night. He isn’t a father. He’s just a cop.

But, in reality, he’s my dad. He’s a part of my family. We love him and see him as more than just his job.

Our society has become callous to the men and women laying down their lives, disregarding the fact that officers are, in fact, people with families and lives. When critics promote anti-cop views and “cop-killing,” they’re neglecting the humanity of these people that so selflessly sacrifice their safety to serve and protect the very people that hate them.

On Wed. July 5, 2017, NYPD officer Miosotis Familia was assassinated by Alexander Bonds solely because of the uniform she wore. This killing was entirely fueled by hate for cops. Some people say she may have deserved it simply because she was a cop. She didn’t. She was a mother. She was a daughter. Most of all, she was a human being. Now, her three daughters have no mother, her mother has no daughter, and she is no longer alive all because a man was filled with unprovoked rage.

Familia is one of many officer deaths brought on by police opposition. Taking police lives neglects their basic human rights and damages families. No one stopped to consider the people that would mourn their deaths. No one thought about the children that would lose their father, mother, the spouse that would be losing the love of their life or the parents that would never again kiss their children. No one stops to think about the impact their hate is making to someone who loves a cop.

These killings and anti-cop comments or threats terrify me. They terrify my family. They aren’t just words or news stories to us. Often times, I catch myself telling my dad that I love him an extra time or hugging him again before he goes to work in fear that it may be the last time I get to do so. I can’t bear to watch the news when one of these stories airs unless he’s home and safe.

There has to be a way for people to become sensitized again to the things they say and to the people they’re hurting. They have to realize that they’re talking about real people and real things, not just internet commentary. The victims of these tragedies want to feel safe again. They deserve the security of knowing their father or mother, son or daughter will come home tonight.

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Kaitlyn Gordon, print photo editor

Kaitlyn Gordon is a senior at Texas High School and probably the only senior who is nowhere near ready to graduate. She is the print newspaper photo editor,...

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5 Responses to “In their eyes”

  1. Anne green on October 6th, 2017 9:41 am

    Proud of this article
    Proud of this my granddaughter
    Proud of my Son in law
    Proud of my family
    But most of all – proud that the heart of Love shown through this article shows my granddaughters heart for Love which comes from GOD!!! I am one blessed Grandma❗️

  2. Karen on October 6th, 2017 4:11 pm

    Kaitlyn, you are SPOT ON with your commentary about your father. It pains me to no end how people treat our men and women in blue. They are all my heroes.

    As far as I’m concerned, there are NO bad cops, only bad people. You have a bad person become a cop, he/she will most likely become a problem. I wish everyone could understand this.

    Please respect our men and women in blue!

  3. Richard Stewart on October 6th, 2017 4:34 pm

    All of this hate for police and false accusations of racism was started and fueled by Barack Obama who did everything he could to divide this country and foment hatred among as many people as he could. What is so tragic is because he is black nobody dared criticise him for fear of being labeled a racist. I only hope we can undo the damage he wrought on this country and make all people respect the rights of others.

  4. Paul on October 6th, 2017 5:43 pm

    Being a Law Enforcement Officer today is more difficult and dangerous than ever before. In the bygone years people would offer to help or help when an officer was in need. Officers could count on the entire community to stand up with them. In the old days officers were respected because of the uniform they wore. The uniform that represented the community as a whole. Officer could not pay for coffee or even lunch. This was done because the merchants enjoyed the officer patronizing the establishment. It conveyed safety and security.

    Today society is more interested in video to post online. Insulting the very people in uniform that make their community safe ,simply because they are in uniform.

    Today’s citizens fail to realize Officers are part of the community. They support the community off duty and serve their neighbors and community. They are looked up to as mentors and leaders. They volunteer, donate time and money to community projects.

    Don’t let your communities servents be disrespected. Step up and greet them for the members of society they are. Respect them because they wear the uniform. The uniform that represents you and your community. Do this because it’s the right thing to do. Do it because it’s your responsibility to mentor those around you.

  5. Nancy Smith on October 6th, 2017 7:03 pm

    What a great 👍 commentary for anyone to write,and so very ❤️ felt for a young woman to speak about. GOD bless her and the Thousands of families who feel and experience the same. May GOD keep them safe .

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