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Clear­ing Loyd’s ar­rest­ing of­fi­cers was wrong

The re­port ex­on­er­at­ing the po­lice of­fi­cers who punched, kicked and hit Markeith Loyd dur­ing his ar­rest dis­turbed me (”Of­fi­cers cleared in Loyd ar­rest,” June 25).

I am not a pro­tester, nor a Black-rights ad­vo­cate. But I think it is wrong to con­done the po­lice kick­ing a man (Black or white) in the head while he is crawl­ing on the ground to surrender. They had so many other op­tions to sub­due him. They put out his eye while he was on the ground!

They should not be ex­on­er­ated. And the Or­lando Po­lice Depart­ment should in­sti­tute train­ing to pre­vent this kind of in­ci­dent.

James H. Cop­pens Al­ta­monte Springs

Calm, bor­ing pres­i­dency would be wel­comed

Late-night host Seth Mey­ers made me laugh out loud with his sug­gested slo­gan for Joe Bi­den: “Elect me pres­i­dent and you will never have to hear from me again!” Wouldn’t that be lovely?

Wouldn’t it be great to wake up in the morn­ing and not have to hear about any­thing weird or ma­li­cious or de­struc­tive that the pres­i­dent has done in the last 24 hours?

Wouldn’t it be nice to go back to our own lives and never have to de­fend the child­ish out­bursts and lack of re­spon­si­ble be­hav­ior?

Wouldn’t it be nice to say, “Oh, I don’t fol­low pol­i­tics that closely” and not be im­me­di­ately judged by your en­tire cir­cle of friends?

Of course, we would still need to fol­low pol­i­tics. The price of free­dom is to be in­formed cit­i­zens. The only way to have politi­cians that up­hold the pub­lic trust is to keep a close watch on what they do, vote re­spon­si­bly and study the minu­tiae of laws, but I would also like to have maybe 72 hours, a long week­end, with­out lis­ten­ing to spin about Trump’s lat­est gaffe or slur. Imag­ine the re­lief of know­ing the pres­i­dent is min­i­mally com­pe­tent to do the work we hired him to do.

Rachael Bowers Orange City

Don’t blame DeSan­tis for COVID-19 spike

I dis­agree with key as­sign­ments of blame and re­spon­si­bil­ity in the Ed­i­to­rial Board’s “Re­open­ing will con­tinue to be a bust un­til ev­ery­one gets se­ri­ous” ed­i­to­rial (June 25).

The Board places far too much blame on Gov. Ron DeSan­tis for mat­ters far be­yond his rea­son­able ju­ris­dic­tion. The pri­mary duty to­ward fight­ing coro­n­avirus de­pends upon Florida’s cit­i­zens as in­di­vid­u­als, by will­fully com­ply­ing with mea­sures they clearly have been asked to fol­low, and for their lo­cal gov­ern­ment bod­ies to sub­se­quently en­force such mea­sures ef­fec­tively. There­fore, you should not “start, as usual, with DeSan­tis.”

Brent Kubasta Win­ter Park

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