'Cops and Bobbers' program promotes respect, not fear

In August, as we passed a police officer, my 3-year-old Joah asked, “Is he going to shoot me?”

The officer did not have his gun drawn nor was he looking in our direction. But Joah was still afraid. He was afraid of being shot or worse, as he later said “killed.”

That same month, Michael Brown – an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo. – was killed by a police officer. The news shook up our nation, and continues to make headlines as Ferguson residents and concerned U.S. citizens everywhere are demanding justice.

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