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Who’s really wounded?
How many videos do you need of police kicking prone, handcuffed and later-to-be-released “suspects”?
It should be clear by now that it is the people of Seattle that are “wounded,” not the Seattle Police Department [“Healing a wounded police force,” Opinion, June 14]. It is the people of Seattle that need “healing,” and it is the Seattle Police Department that is inflicting the wounds.
— Brian Conkle, Seattle
Step in their shoes
Sharon Pian Chan might feel that the Seattle PD is wounded, but I certainly don’t.
Indeed, I very much appreciate the fact that the police put their lives on the line every day to ensure the security of our city. With that said, I’d need a whole a lot more than the opinion of Doug Honig of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to change my mind.
I suggest that Chan and Honig put on a badge, join the police force and show Seattle police how to fight crime, deal with assaults, homicides, bank robberies, domestic violence, armed robberies, etc., without occasionally using excessive force — then I’ll be impressed.
Until then, I’ll continue to have contempt for self-righteous journalists and ACLU members who have contributed nothing, other than complaints, to the orderly functioning of any city.
— Richard Askren, Seattle