Sup­port for po­lice works both ways

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

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 let­ters@sun­times.com.

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