As the father of a Buffalo police officer, I felt compelled to respond to Rod Watson’s column: “Blue Lives flag should come down.” The flag in question is actually referred to as “The Thin Blue Line” flag representing that which separates all good people from the bad guys or bad events – our police departments.
As Heather MacDonald, the author of “The War on Cops” points out from her research – in 2015 police shot 990 people nationwide (out of 321 million people), the vast majority armed or violently resisting arrest. Whites made up 50 percent of those victims, blacks 26 percent. That proportion of black victims is lower than what the black violent crime rate would predict.
MacDonald further points out gun-related murders of officers were up 52 percent in 2016 over 2015.
So, Mr. Watson, who are you going to call when you need help? Keep the Thin Blue Line flag flying!