Po­lice have safety con­cerns

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Celie Hanauer, Abing­don

As a sev­enth-de­gree black belt of 41 years and having trained mil­i­tary, po­lice, Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion agents and the gen­eral pub­lic, it is re­fresh­ing to hear a cit­i­zen quote street safety rules cor­rectly (“Bal­ti­more’s 21-foot rule nec­es­sary to pro­tect po­lice,” Oct. 25).

At 21 feet, any­one can get to me in less than three sec­onds. You can bet I am pre­pared — and ex­pect the po­lice of­fi­cers whose salaries my taxes help pay to be pre­pared — to deal with that sit­u­a­tion, and I would de­fend those of­fi­cers to the bit­ter end.

And by the way, pro­vid­ing health care, ed­u­ca­tion and jobs for Bal­ti­more’s cit­i­zens would go much fur­ther to­ward re­duc­ing th­ese risks than the old, tired re­frain of “get the guns off the streets.” Crime rates are al­ways lower when peo­ple have op­por­tu­nity. And by the way, most of them would take those op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.