“Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”
In recent days it has become popular to record encounters with police. In some ways, this is a good thing, it offers accountability to law enforcement. Let's face it, there are good and bad cops just like there are good and bad doctors, lawyers, jewelers, and so on. There is a lot of responsibility and power that is put in a police officer's hands and there needs to be accountability. However, the recordings can be bad too. Most people watch a recording, and because it is video they assume they have all the context they need to make a judgement about what happened. This is a very bad assumption for the following reasons:
In short, when you see a video on Facebook, Twitter, some other social media or news source, assume you don't have enough information to make a judgment. Be a reasonable skeptic and dig a little deeper before condemning a law enforcement officer.
John Byrne is a pastor who has been spouting off his opinions his entire life (just ask his mom). This little blog is his venue for continuing in this tradition.