Support for police works both ways
Thanks to Juanita Santiago for her letter last week in which she empathized with and mourned “the victims of police brutality and racial profiling” while also calling for “conscientious and honorable Chicagoans” to support the police. These two things go hand in hand.
We need to support the police. But we also need for the police to end the cover-ups of brutal behavior. Better yet, we need the police to cease with such unwarranted brutal behavior in the first place.
Would the officers involved in the deaths of Laquan McDonald and George Floyd have been held responsible had there been no videos? How many similar incidents have occurred but not led to prosecutions due to cover-ups?
Santiago wrote that “the Chicago police are working hard to enact needed reforms.” Support for the police will increase greatly when that occurs. Kevin Coughlin, Evanston Send letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.