Officers say A-J editorial cartoon misrepresents law enforcement

Officers say A-J editorial cartoon misrepresents law enforcement

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LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and Amarillo Globe-News published an editorial cartoon that's causing uproar among law enforcement.

The cartoon illustrates a police officer pointing a gun at an unarmed black man, running away with a caption that reads, "Meanwhile, far from the border, children are being separated from their families."

"I'm kind of fired up a little bit," Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe said.

He says it's not an accurate representation of what law enforcement does on a daily basis.

"To depict that this is the day-to-day, normal routine for law enforcement is just factually incorrect and it's quite frankly sickening," Rowe added.

According to Rowe, there are more than 1 million officers registered in the FBI's database, so there are going to be some incidents.

"They're out risking everything, every day to serve their communities and serve their citizens. And to degrade them and to suggest that we're behaving as if we've stepped back 40, 50, 60 years is absolutely ridiculous," he said.

Rowe said social media escalates the incidents, when in reality they are a small percentage. Around 2,000 per year, nationwide.

"Those facts get conveniently overlooked when you got people that'll put that type of stuff out there who have never stood a post, they've never walked in their shoes, not had to deal with the things that our officers see on a daily basis, some of which are quite horrendous," Rowe said.

Rowe said officers have a natural calling to join law enforcement. The characteristics they have don't align with what the cartoon depicts.

"They have a servant's heart. They have compassion for federal citizens. And they have an overall desire to want to serve and protect the communities that they live in," he said.

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal wrote in another editorial, "Monday's editorial cartoon made an extreme comparison with which we do not agree. But what is more important than agreement is to provide an outlet which presents different viewpoints and opinions."

It added, the cartoon reflects the viewpoint of the illustrator, not the Avalanche-Journal.

The Texas Municipal Police Association represents officers in the state. It released a statement in response to the A-J's: 
"I understand 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." Executive director, Kevin Lawrence, said.

The Lubbock Professional Police Association released a statement that said, "Instead of being partners in building a better community, they used their platform to further a false, misleading and quite frankly dangerous narrative."

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