When vi­o­lence in­volves of­fi­cers

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “‘Feed­ing frenzy’ lat­est chap­ter in ugly saga,” April 11

Since I moved to Los An­ge­les al­most three years ago, I’ve read dozens of ar­ti­cles about cor­rup­tion and gross in­com­pe­tence in­side the Los An­ge­les Po­lice Depart­ment and the Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment.

The LAPD’s mis­tak­ing of two women in a pickup truck for ex-of­fi­cer Christo­pher Dorner and shoot­ing at them in 2013 comes to mind.

And now, we have this hor­ror show, in which San Bernardino County sher­iff ’s deputies were caught on cam­era beat­ing a man who was ly­ing face down in the dirt.

Is this sort of po­lice-in­sti­gated vi­o­lence now part of the cul­ture of lo­cal law en­force­ment, of­fi­cial protests notwith­stand­ing? I want to be­lieve most po­lice of­fi­cers are ded­i­cated pro­fes­sion­als who ac­tu­ally be­lieve their job is to pro­tect and serve, and that the pool of re­ally rot­ten ap­ples — like the num­ber of peo­ple in this video — is small.

Danielle Kar­son

Pasadena

This piece high­lights a lack of jour­nal­is­tic in­tegrity on The Times’ part.

The head­line was, “‘Feed­ing frenzy’ lat­est chap­ter in ugly saga,” and above the head­line were four pic­tures of in­ci­dents dated 1991, 2004, 2013 and 2015.

Po­lice mis­con­duct should be dealt with very strongly, but all the facts should be pre­sented be­fore con­clu­sions and ac­cu­sa­tions are put forth as fact.

The four in­ci­dents pic­tured are far out­num­bered by in­ci­dents that have been han­dled with­out in­ci­dent or neg­a­tive re­sult be­tween 1991 and 2015, yet you char­ac­ter­ize the four pic­tures as an “ugly saga.”

Ed Free­man

Moor­park

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