Stop bash­ing the po­lice

Ottawa Citizen - - OPIN­ION -

Re: The ‘de-polic­ing’ of Ot­tawa? Feb. 12.

This is a nat­u­ral re­sult of every­body jump­ing on the po­lice-bash­ing band­wagon ev­ery time some­body gets hurt. It’s time we took a hard look at what we ex­pect from po­lice and how we treat them in re­turn. The first pri­or­ity is the safety of the pub­lic, sec­ond is the safety of the po­lice; the well-be­ing and rights of the per­pe­tra­tor are a dis­tant third.

Let us stop whin­ing about things like the use of tough leather gloves to pro­tect the knuck­les of the po­lice. If you fight with the po­lice, I sin­cerely hope you lose. Oth­er­wise, our so­ci­ety is in trou­ble. Ted Houghton, Ne­pean

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