Police action appropriate
“Despite best intentions, police killed mentally ill man.”
It’s a headline that potentially slanders a department that protects and serves us.
Police did not kill a mentally ill man. The mentally ill man with a bad heart died after refusing to stop “jumping on cars,” resulting in tasers and pepper spray designed to provide a non-lethal response to a threat being used to quiet him.
The publisher admits that he didn’t think he would stand by “while Price stomped” his truck and that he might even grab a baseball bat. Lethal?
“What we don’t know is why and whether there was anything the cops could have done differently that day.”
“Price’s family deserves some answers and so does a community that expects a lot from the men and women we ask to protect us.”
I am and have been a member of that community since 1945. I have my answer. I believe the police did what had to be done.
Helen S. Carlson