Larry Grossman's Nov. 30 letter claims both Officer Wilson and George Zimmerman should be convicted of murder. Sir, please explain.
Who is responsible for Michael Brown's shoplifting? Not Wilson. Brown's mother knows who. She desperately didn't want the security footage from the robbery publicized, but it was.
Who is responsible for Brown's choice to assault the shopkeeper? Not the police department. For Brown's hazardous walking down the middle of the street? Not the justice system.
How was Wilson supposed to know whether Brown was armed? By osmosis? By ESP?
Brown has robbed a store, assaulted the shopkeeper and Wilson, and advanced menacingly. In that situation, would you just stand there, because he's black? Your family would want you to defend yourself.
Between Aug. 11 and Thanksgiving, 242 young black men were shot and killed in Chicago. Do you know their names? Are you protesting? Is Al Sharpton there, setting up businesses to employ young black men? Let us know.
Choices have consequences. Some choose not to participate in a civil society. Some love destroying other people's property; it makes them feel really good and powerful.
What of a 10-year old child who sees riots on TV? This child, observing smashed windows, looting, arson and overturned vehicles, says flatly, "Black people are bad."
Lodged in the subconscious of all viewers are visuals of break and enter, looting, arson and vandalism. Would directing murderous rage against Zimmerman and Wilson fix that? It won't.