Don’t scapegoat police officers
Re: “Woman wins her long battle for justice” (Montreal Gazette, Aug. 30)
Joseph Arpaio’s pardon notwithstanding, racial and social profiling is unpardonable.
But so, too, is police profiling.
How many of us will see the disturbing story of Amal Asmar as just more evidence that all cops behave that way? What is this if not profiling?
The word “systemic” is often used to describe the shortcomings of law enforcement in dealing with minorities.
I don’t think it is used enough to describe the problem of alcoholism and homelessness on our streets. Nor does it appear to be used at all to describe the pervasive way we scapegoat police for problems that as a society we choose to ignore.
Howard Greenfield, Montreal