By Aundrea L. Roberts, Esq.
It is with a heavy heart that I take a moment today as an officer of the court and a member of the criminal justice system and express my deepest sympathy to the family members of all those who lost their lives in the tragic violence that transpired on last night in Dallas, Texas. The city of Dallas is a second home for me. I sat and watched on television last night in disbelief as I saw innocent lives being taken during what was described to be a very peaceful march attended by people of all races. While I understand the frustration and sadness of seeing the senseless killing of the two African American men this past week, nothing justifies the violence that took place on OUR officers who are putting their lives on the line each day to protect the people of their cities. Violence is NEVER the answer to violence. We as citizens have to protect and support our officers just as we expect that they are there to protect and support us. No one that works in the criminal justice system has an easy job. You know that you work in an imperfect system, but you have to believe in that system as you work in it to come up with solutions to change it and make it better. Of course, those standing outside of the system see the imperfections and injustice and want the change to happen immediately. But sustainable change takes great effort and time and unfortunately, it comes with great sacrifice and pain. As a country, we are in the midst of change and how we process what it is happening makes all the difference in the outcome we achieve. We can change for the better or we can change for the worse, but the fact is, at this point, change is inevitable. I pray that we don’t allow the evil of a few to permit any of us to become blinded by hatred and rage, but that we continue to fight the “good fight”. It was encouraging to see the city of Dallas come together today for prayer. It is time that we come together and pray without ceasing for the lives of ALL those who are being innocently slain and pray for justice and peace on every street, in every city, in every state throughout our country.
….In honor of the fallen officers…..one of my favorite quotes….
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
― Theodore Roosevelt