Post editorial gives benefit of the doubt to lawbreakers

FI-EditorialTo the Editor

Your editorial, “Unequal Justice” in the Greenwich Post on 26 November included the comment “… after the cowardly and craven decision to not seek criminal charges in the death of Michael Brown …”

From what I’ve read of the documents that the grand jury released, Brown attacked the policeman and grabbed for his gun. If you saw the video of Brown stealing cigars, pushing the store clerk out of the way and actually pursuing her momentarily before exiting the store, you can see he was aggressive. The policeman said he was worried for his life. Why is the decision to not pursue charges “cowardly and craven”?

A grand jury will decide on the choke-hold death of a man in Staten Island who also refused to stop at the policeman’s request. The perpetrator, who was selling unlicensed cigarettes, had to be pulled down to the ground to be arrested.  Both individuals broke the law and refused to respect the authority of the police to arrest them.

Why does the press seemingly always support the law breaker instead of the police trying to enforce our laws? Do you really want a society that doesn’t obey the law?

Why would anyone serve in law enforcement if the press always considers that they will be wrong, even when defending their own lives? This in no way condones killing innocent people, but with the modernization of handguns, firing a few bullets only takes a couple of seconds.

I would hope you give the benefit of the doubt to law enforcement personnel the way you do to people who break the law. We all are blessed with law enforcement people trying to do their duty in enforcing the law.

Richard Schulze
Greenwich

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