This is a day when cliches don’t work. They aren’t enough.

I got a one-sentence note from a black friend yesterday who said, “We are in a crisis again.” He was referring to the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Minnesota.

That was before the Dallas shootings last night. Five police officers killed in the line of duty.

I watched video online yesterday and again this morning, and on the news last light.

I think it’s OK just to be raw for awhile. Overreactions, quick reactions, and public “statements” don’t relieve the swirling pain.


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Ed Wojcicki

Ed is executive director of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. He is the author of two books, the former publisher of Illinois Issues magazine and taught public affairs writing at the University of Illinois Springfield.

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