TMPA is appalled at the irresponsible editorial cartoon that the Amarillo Globe-News and Lubbock Avalanche-Journal both chose to publish yesterday.
As the Voice of Texas Law Enforcement, and on behalf of the more than
27,000 officers we represent, we felt compelled to offer the following
statement to these outlets, as well as request an apology for the first
responders who are tasked with establishing peace and maintaining the
safety of ALL of our communities.
Law enforcement officers have grown accustomed to the false narratives
about police shootings from national media outlets like MSNBC, NPR and
the New York Times. Even though it was an editorial cartoon, we never
thought we would see this kind of dishonest, irresponsible and
inflammatory nonsense from the Amarillo Globe-News.
you followed up the publishing of the cartoon with an article explaining
the reasons you chose to publish it. Forgive me for being blunt but you
spent over 600 words trying to defend the indefensible.
kind of despicable narrative portrayed in the cartoon (a police officer
shooting an African-American man in the back) has made the job of law
enforcement officers more difficult, as they inflame tensions without
regard to facts.
The myth of “hands up, don’t shoot,” which was a
fundamental mischaracterization of a justified police shooting in
Ferguson, Missouri, created racial tension and hampered police
interaction with minority communities.
We saw tragedy in Dallas
when a sniper specifically targeted and murdered police officers.
Certainly media hysteria and misinformation contributed to the sick
thoughts of this deranged killer. Yet, while our country has rallied
behind the men and women in blue following this tragedy, the Amarillo
Globe-News seems determined to instead promote hatred of the very people
who protect your families.
The Texas Municipal Police
Association is the largest police association in Texas representing more
than 27,000 law enforcement officers. Your editorial cartoon puts the
lives of these officers at risk by adding fuel to the fire of a false
narrative about the use of force against African Americans.
first amendment gives you the right to publish the unconscionable
cartoon. But because you have the right to do it doesn't mean it's the
right thing to do. You owe an apology to the men and women who risk
their lives every day to keep you safe.
Texas Municipal Police Association