An Open Letter from an Officer’s Daughter to Police Protestors

PolitiChicks.comDear Americans,

It’s time to put aside our animosity. It’s time to put aside our differences. It’s time for us to say that what has happened in our past is nothing shy of a tragedy, but it’s time for us to move on. It’s time for us, as a nation, to heal.

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The taking of a life doesn’t justify the killing of another human being. The killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darrel Wilson didn’t justify the killings of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos by Brown supporters.

The truth is, all lives matter. Black lives. White lives. Asian lives. Hispanic lives. Biracial lives. Every. Single. Life. Matters. No one life is more valuable than another because of the color of an individual’s skin color.

These two officers left behind families. Not only did the NYPD lose two officers, but wives lost their husbands and children lost their fathers.

Officers take an oath to protect their community, to do no harm. They risk their lives to make sure we are safe. Targeting these brave men and women is cowardly and misplaced.

If you’re concerned with the procedures and protocols police departments utilize, work with your police department to change the policies. Rioting, looting and killing officers aren’t going to change how situations are handled or how officers respond to disturbances. All it’s going to do is intensify things between officers and the general public.

Before you take to the street and protest or demand a change in this country, I ask you to take a moment and reflect. Without these men and women risking their safety, how much different would your life be? How much different would your community and our nation be? Would you yourself be willing to put on that uniform every day and risk never coming home again?

While it’s easy to judge a scenario, it’s another to be apart of it. Before you come to one solid conclusion, I ask you to reconsider your position and think about this issue in broader terms.

Sincerely,

A law enforcement officer’s daughter

Beth Baumann

Beth Baumann is a California native, who grew up with an interest in politics from a young age. Beth attended Northern Arizona University, where she was a member of the NAU Conservatives, an activist organization dedicating to spreading conservative ideals. She also founded the NAU chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, took part in the Flagstaff Smart Girl Politics chapter and helped a local conservative run for Flagstaff City Council. Beth has received national attention due to the First Amendment restrictions on her college campus. She defended her Freedom of Speech when she was ridiculed for handing out flags in remembrance of 9/11. Although she faced misconduct charges, up to and including expulsion, she stood by her Constitutional rights and beliefs. With the help of the Leadership Institute and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), she was eventually exonerated of all charges. During her tenure, she was copy editor for the newspaper, marketing director and film festival director for the campus TV station, and news correspondent for political talk radio. Beth was the Communications Assistant at The American Conservative Union, where she helped with planning and executing different aspects of CPAC 2014, including social media, media strategy and crisis management. Beth works at a well established public relations firm in Southern California. Her work has been featured in The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, World Net Daily and Human Events. Follow Beth on Twitter: @eb454

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