Letters: Recent Police Shootings A Terrible Thing

I am appalled that the shooting of our fellow American citizens/residents has continued unabated with no end in sight.

Why are so many law enforcement officers so trigger happy? Why are their bosses so “quick” to jump to their defense (even before the official investigation) and conclude that all these shootings were justified?

The fact that these trigger-happy cops are very seldom charged, and if charged, are almost certain to be exonerated, has led to complacency by law enforcement and muted outrage by the general public.

I urge everyone to obey the instructions of all law enforcement officers at all times. It is far better to comply, then complain later. It might just save your life. Do not say or do anything that could be interpreted as a threat. Even the most trigger-happy cop will not shoot you if you obey his or her instructions.

There are three levels of threat: no threat, likely threat and obvious threat. I firmly believe that more respect for law enforcement should be shown. I also firmly believe that proper meticulous training and respect for human life by the cops would eliminate most if not all of these deadly shootings. Why can’t our American cops learn from the British cops?

Just recently, in South London, a British soldier (in uniform) was murdered in broad daylight on the street in London. The attacker cut his throat from behind.

When the cops arrived on the scene, one attacker fired his gun at them but it misfired. Despite the obvious threat, these British cops shot the attacker in the leg then arrested them both. In America, these armed attackers would most certainly have been shot dead, no doubt about it.

Regarding a recent such shooting in Martin County, for Sheriff William Synder to say that, “At the end of the night, the deputy (Sgt. James Warren) went home to his family” is insensitive, troubling, outrageous and offensive. What about the victim’s family? Where is the remorse?

I am still trying to figure out the recent shooting in Royal Palm Beach.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is by far the best sheriff we have had in Palm Beach County for decades. I have told him to keep up the good work. The humanitarian efforts by Bradshaw and his better half, Dorothy, should be applauded. The work of Chief Deputy Michael Gauger is also worthy of much praise.

Having said that, I disagree with Sheriff Bradshaw’s quick defense of deputies who are involved in fatal shootings, also his defense of overtime hours, which need to be reduced.

Karl Witter, The Acreage