Po­lice re­sponse not pro­por­tion­ate

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - PERSPECTIV­E -

A let­ter from Gre­gory T. Bales (“Mayor should sup­port cops”) in the March 5 pa­per fo­cuses on break­ing the law as the ge­n­e­sis of the Red Line in­ci­dent and con­cludes that we should sup­port the po­lice. All well and good. How­ever, walk­ing be­tween “L” cars is not a cap­i­tal of­fense and does not jus­tify use of firearms. Nei­ther the of­fi­cers nor by­standers were in dan­ger, ac­cord­ing to all re­ports thus far. The of­fi­cers, who were un­able to re­strain the sus­pect, could have fol­lowed him un­til the re­quested backup ar­rived. — El­liott Fred­land, re­tired sher­iff ’s po­lice cap­tain, Chicago

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