Trust police to enforce laws

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Regarding Marshawn Wolley’s recent column [We’re facing a crisis in our criminal justice system, Forefront, June 8], any loss of life regardless of color is tragic. However, there is no such thing to police officers as “to get tough on crime.” Their job on a daily basis is to enforce the law and protect and serve the people as they place their lives on the line.

Catchy phrases and politics have nothing to do with responding to an armed robbery or domestic violence in process. Are you insinuating that officers kill [black] people for reasons other than enforcing the law?

You might want to research how many individuals, regardless of color, are killed by police in a given year vs. how many officers, regardless of color, are killed in the line of duty. Your premise that charging more police with murder regardless of the circumstances will strengthen the “social contract” is unfounded and will not promote peace in our cities. However, preventing and reducing crime by prosecuting criminals will.


Steve Holloway

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