Yesterday NBA players refused to play playoff games because of a shooting of an unarmed black man in Wisconsin by police officers. That is their right and their protest has meaning. The epidemic of police brutality extends well beyond the publicized shootings and killings this year.
We would support a boycott of one day of games honoring all those families whose lives have been destroyed by minimum mandatory drug sentences which disproportionally are applied to people of color and people of low economic means.
But we also (surprisingly) ask this question:
When was the last time a sporting event had a moment of silence, much less canceling an event, when a law enforcement officer was killed in the line of duty?
There are bad people and some of them are law enforcement officers. Their ability to wreck havoc on society is magnified because of the power their job gives them.
But the vast majority of law enforcement officers are husbands and wives and brothers and sisters and sons and daughters who leave home every day with the unspoken fear that they may be forced to place their life in jeopardy to do their job.
65 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty in 2020. That is more than one a week. We do not recall seeing any headlines, any protests, any cancelations, any moments of silence for any of these officers. And yet their families wake up every day and struggle to get by without their father or mother or son or daughter that for the most part society has forgotten and moved on.
Protesting police brutality is appropriate and long overdue. So is honoring the vast majority of officers who do their job every day.