The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) expresses its heartfelt condolences for the death of Wayne State University (WSU) Police officer who was shot while on duty and died later on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 due to severe injuries.
Officer Rose was an exemplary member of the force who was dedicated to his mission of securing the WSU campus so that the students, staff and faculty feel safe in an urban environment. The shooting of Officer Rose is another painful reminder of gun violence in general and the rise of the vicious and outright criminality of the targeting of police officers and other first responders.
The loss of Officer Rose’s life is a loss to his family, law enforcement and society at large. As a human rights organization, we advocate for the respect of human rights of all, foremost of which is the right to life. We strongly urge an end to the charged unhelpful rhetoric that, by default or by design, demonizes law enforcement. AHRC-USA considers law enforcement a critical part of the solution, and not the problem.
AHRC-USA reiterates the obvious to all decent law- abiding citizens and residents of the United States- that police officers are our sons, daughters, wives, fathers, friends and relatives- and above all our brothers and sisters in humanity. Overwhelmingly, they take the oath to protect us seriously and work tirelessly and honorably, often in very challenging circumstances.
“We are deeply saddened by the violent and senseless death of Officer Rose,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. “This vicious crime reminds us that if we don’t work together for solutions then we are a part of the problem. We owe it to Officer Rose to make sure we work together to put an end to this violence,” said Hamad.