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Why?

My heart is broken.

Tuesday night a 37 year-old black man was shot by 2 white officers. Alton Sterling was shot at close range while on his back in a parking lot, with both officers holding him down.

This morning a young black man was fatally shot by a police officer in Minnesota, while his girlfriend and her 4 year-old girl watched helplessly.

Tonight during a peaceful protest in Dallas, (due to these two and I assume many other shootings) 11 police officers have been shot and 4 are dead. Reportedly shot by snipers from an elevated position. (this is information being shared live on CBSDFW.com)

I sit in disbelief. Stunned. What has our country come to? Seriously…I do not understand the hate.
I understand why black Americans are angry.
I understand why black Americans are afraid.
I also understand why our police officers are fearful.
I do not understand how Americans can continue to open fire on fellow citizens.

I believe black lives matter
I believe brown lives matter
I believe in backing the blue
I believe LGBTQ lives matter
I believe white lives matter
I believe Asian lives matter
I believe Muslim lives matter
I believe Jewish lives matter
I believe ALL lives matter
My heart truly hurts…

365 Days of Photos – Day 285

My lifelong friend Chelley Seibert gave a TED talk today at TED x Dayton 2015.

Chelley Seibert - TED x Dayton 2015

Chelley Seibert – TED x Dayton 2015

She was entertaining, inspiring and encouraging. As a retired police officer Chelley shared her thoughts on how police officers and members of the community can heal much of the hurt that has occurred.

Chelley Seibert

Chelley Seibert

She humanized the police and reminded us that all people that join the force were something else before they chose to put on that uniform. She did not make excuses for poor police behavior, but she did give us a reason to look at the police with different eyes and maybe even with compassion.

TED x Dayton 2015

TED x Dayton 2015

At lunch Chelley and Dayton Officer Jermar Rayford entertained the audience by showing off their dance moves. If the Electric Slide and The Nay Nay don’t help humanize the police force, I’m not sure what could!

Chelley & Officer Jermar Rayford

Chelley & Officer Jermar Rayford