Men shot dead

Re “How Beck, panel split on Ford,” June 11, and “Po­lice faulted in shoot­ing of Ford,” June 10

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

The num­bers speak louder than words. The Times’ data in­di­cate that Los An­ge­les po­lice of­fi­cers have killed 243 peo­ple over the last 15 years; that av­er­ages to more than 16 killings per year.

Th­ese killings are hap­pen­ing all over the coun­try. That’s not a ran­dom hap­pen­stance. It is more than a co­in­ci­dence, and in­di­cates that we are faced with a very se­ri­ous sys­temic prob­lem through­out the coun­try. It de­mands sig­nif­i­cant changes.

As a re­tired prob­lem-solver for Air Force space pro­grams, the first place I would con­sider a ma­jor change would be in the cri­te­ria and prac­tice of se­lect­ing can­di­dates for our po­lice forces. The power that comes with the uni­form is so likely to at­tract those with the wrong psy­cho­log­i­cal makeup.

It only takes a few bad ap­ples to bring down a po­lice depart­ment.

Ge­orge Ep­stein, Los An­ge­les

Ir­fan Khan Los An­ge­les Times

STEVE SOBOROFF of the L.A. Po­lice Com­mis­sion re­lates the panel’s find­ings on the shoot­ing of Ezell Ford.

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