I was thinking like Mr. Richard Ringled on court decisions and Wild West (Letters, "Protests over court rulings in shootings ignore the law," May 29).
Yeah, that was something in Cleveland. If two people went to court for a beat-up car that backfired and incited 100 cops to pursue them, they probably would've got a fine from the EVA for faulty equipment.
Old Wild West? Yee haw, let's just open fire and unload with everything we've got and let God sort them out!
Would it have been possible to surround that couple and order them to come out with their hands up? There was nowhere else to go, so that would've had a high probability of working.
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The point of all this is assumptions, discrimination and excessive force. If we had a fair sampling of people and asked them, "Does discrimination still exist?" do you think the answer would be yes or no?
As far as excessive force goes, the United States Justice Department not only thinks so, but also proved it de facto, because the City of Cleveland signed off on major reforms to their police department.
If you expect people to comply with the police and offer no resistance, I expect the police to enforce the law, not inflicting punishment because of their rage and position of authority by harming our citizens.
Like the courts, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Unless, of course, it's the Old Wild West.