Even black po­lice aren’t im­mune

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The Dec. 1 edi­to­rial “They were good guys with guns” high­lighted the dis­pro­por­tion­ately tragic con­se­quences of law-abid­ing black men ex­er­cis­ing their Sec­ond Amend­ment rights and con­cluded with the re­minder that “even those whose job is to pro­tect the pub­lic make mis­takes that re­sult in ter­ri­ble tragedy.” It should be re­mem­bered also that some whose job was to pro­tect the pub­lic have suf­fered this tragedy as well — black po­lice of­fi­cers killed by their white coun­ter­parts. This hap­pened as re­cently as March 2016 in Prince Ge­orge’s County, when Of­fi­cer Ja­cai Col­son was killed. The Dis­trict’s po­lice force has not been im­mune: Of­fi­cer Thomas F. Ham­lette Jr., the son of a re­tired of­fi­cer, was killed by a white of­fi­cer in 1998. Two black D.C. of­fi­cers were shot by white of­fi­cers in 1995.

The edi­to­rial sug­gested that the deaths of Phi­lando Castile, Jemel Roberson and Eman­tic Fitzger­ald Brad­ford Jr. un­der­mine the view that the so­lu­tion to gun vi­o­lence is arm­ing more peo­ple. Their deaths also should bol­ster the view that those ap­ply­ing for jobs to pro­tect the pub­lic should first be made to thor­oughly ex­am­ine the ba­sis of their racial per­cep­tions. Gre­gory Adams, Wash­ing­ton

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