Police Officers, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen - You Have A Choice - as do the Protestors...
Whether the issue is Racism, a miscarriage of Justice or some other form of discrimination being protested by people ... those of you that are sent in to deal with the situation, have a choice to make and it needs to be made before you find yourself in the types of incidents that are springing up all over the place at the moment. It's a simple choice, based on your reasons for serving.
It doesn't matter if they have said something abusive to you - taking verbal abuse goes with the job and you've been trained to deal with such incidents. If you do physical harm to someone that hasn't assaulted you or put you in a situation where 'self-defence' is necessary - you have committed a criminal offence.
You will see fellow protestors that wish to do physical harm to Police Officers and other people - they are not there for the cause. They are opportunists looking to do physical harm and are just as guilty of offences as the bad cops. Some of them are just looters, waiting to take advantage of the situation. If you know of such antagonisers, you must distance yourselves from them as they will discredit the purpose of your demonstration.
We need selfless Community Leaders to come forward and engage in dialogue to effect change.
I've been watching the videos of reports of people from so many backgrounds (including police officers) protesting together peacefully to show solidarity in standing against the killing of George Floyd and for improvements to the system to ensure that such deaths never happen again.
People of Colour in the UK face the same issues of Systemic and Institutuional Racism...and we stand with our brothers and sisters in the USA, however, do not lose sight of the issue - this is about racism against us all, Blacks, Asians and other People of Colour, and the changes that need to happen to make a fairer society for us all.