’Tis the season for demonstrations

To the Editor

New York City is its usual magical Christmas festive self with glorious decoration, wonderful carolers and festive demonstrators.

Protesters sing tis the season for dissent and I say tis the season for injustice and conflicting reports.

Are the Ferguson and New York City grand juries possible rubber stamps or checks and balances in conflicted cases? Hands up, hands down while moving or not towards police.

Conflicted cases creates “hands up” as a new protest sign and a symbol to cause righting of new wrongs. Yet there will always be injustice so long as humanity struggles with self-serving attitudes. It’s the “I got the right attitude” that so many people have.

“I come first” has been the motto for so many and of so many cultures throughout time. These attitudes lead to such injustice, yet I feel our society is trying to be correct. I see nothing but most trying to correct injustice.

I have seen my fair share of injustice since the 60s. I find Ferguson and New York City to be so different than the days of Wallace, water cannons and batons. Only batons are now used for police work and batons are seldom used, though I feel it be better to be hit then shot.

From 1964 to 2014 overreaction by authorities can happen and has happened when police are directed to use deadly force when threatened. What happened to common sense? To have a firearm in one’s hand is much more than an equalizer and I wonder how you train in common sense with good judgment.

At a distance hold fire. To fire at close range when there’s no choice is another thing. Yet in the Army, I experienced controlled orderly action. There was no lock and load, just neutralizing by staying controlled and without attitude.

Jim C. Reilly


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