Armed and dis­obe­di­ent

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “How to curb deadly force,” col­umn, April 15

Po­lice of­fi­cers must face a pop­u­la­tion that is awash in guns. Isn’t it ob­vi­ous that they might be scared when rou­tine en­coun­ters could present mor­tal risks?

I do not ex­cuse po­lice from killing un­armed cit­i­zens, but we should look at a root cause of th­ese shoot­ings. Guns are avail­able to al­most any­one, and we should try to limit those that are cer­tainly not in the hands of sports­men but are in­stead in the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion.

Why is it that coun­tries where guns aren’t so read­ily avail­able don’t see this kind of car­nage? It is time to get guns off our streets. And it is time to bet­ter train our po­lice of­fi­cers on how to in­ter­act with the pop­u­la­tion they are there to pro­tect.

Lu­cia Dz­won­czyk San Pe­dro

Steve Lopez missed the most ob­vi­ous and ef­fec­tive ways to stop po­lice over use of force: Obey the law, com­ply with po­lice re­quests, and don’t run from of­fi­cers.

This doesn’t ab­solve of­fi­cers of poor judg­ment, but it will elim­i­nate the need to test them.

Mark Lesko­var Hunt­ing­ton Beach

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