This letter is in response to the Aug. 24 letter by Mr. Michael Vecchio in which he rushes to judgment in the Ferguson, Mo., shooting. In his letter, he seems to lump together the actions of all police officers as "criminal behavior."
"There is no excuse for beating up innocent citizens for nothing but perceived 'disrespect,' " he says.
Mr. Vecchio has become judge and jury, convicting the Ferguson police officer of a criminal offense before the grand jury has convened, way before all the facts are known.
I also spent most of my adult life in Massachusetts before moving to Florida, and I am truly sorry for whatever grievances Mr. Vecchio might have encountered at the hands of the police there.
However, as a parent of a Miami-Dade police officer who enjoys a stellar record of 10 years, I must remind Mr. Vecchio that police officers are trained to do a job that most of us would shun.
Just look at today's news accounts of officers murdered while doing their job. I am constantly reminded that a simple traffic stop could be the last action my son ever takes.
While I admit that there may be a few rotten apples in every barrel, I will pray for Mr. Vecchio, pray that it won't take being involved in a terrible accident or being the victim of some doped-up thug to make him realize that the greatest majority of police officers are dedicated community servants and are deserving of our respect and support.