How can some many people see the same incident so differently? I have lived in Phoenix for 24 years. I come from a law enforcement family. No person or organization is perfect. But the Phoenix Police Department has shown itself to be the best in the nation. The viral video showing the arrest of a family has put them in the spotlight. The new Mayor of Phoenix Kate Gallego called a community meeting for people to air their grievances with the police.

But what has me confused is how so many people see what happened so differently. Some people saw parents behaving so badly that they took their small children with them to shoplift and then fled from police twice. Blaming the parents for the danger that the children faced. Others say that even though the parents shoplifted and ran twice it didn't warrant the language and behavior of the police. How can so many well intentioned and reasonable people be so far apart on this issue? Is it possible that both sides should carry some of the blame? If so, why was this meeting focused on the behavior of only the police? Where is the community meeting about the public's lack of respect for officers? Respect and good behavior is a two way street. If the police officer is to be held accountable for his behavior, so are the parents that endangered their children.

Mike Broomhead

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