Fo­cus should be on fail­ure to speak truth

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - OPINIONS -

ED­I­TOR, TIMES-DIS­PATCH:

Wed­nes­day’s ed­i­to­rial calls the apol­ogy of the Richmond Police De­part­ment for its gassing of peace­ful pro­test­ers “an ex­tra­or­di­nary move.” It also calls the later agree­ment of Mayor Le­var Stoney to meet with pro­tes­tors “even bolder.”

The RPD’s apol­ogy was nei­ther ex­tra­or­di­nary nor bold; rather, it was the act of an or­ga­ni­za­tion that ini­tially attempted to lie (“some RPD of­fi­cers in that area were cut off”) and only ad­mit­ted the truth hours later when con­fronted with moun­tains of video ev­i­dence ex­pos­ing the lie.

There is noth­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary about ad­mit­ting a mis­take af­ter it has been shown to the world. The fo­cus should be on the in­sti­tu­tional re­flex to ob­fus­cate rather than to speak dif­fi­cult truth as its first choice.

JAMES WILSON. NORTH CH­ESTER­FIELD.

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