- - Thursday, August 14, 2014

Much has been reported about the recent killing of an unarmed 18-year-old black male by a white police officer and the resulting riots, looting and protests in Missouri (“Second shooting rocks St. Louis as soldierlike police swarm streets,” Web, Aug. 13). Some are claiming there are too many black individuals being killed by cops across the country, and thus the rioting behavior of late is a justified response. This of course is mob rule at its worst.

I would like to say that if it is established that the officer shot the victim while the victim was on his knees with his hands up, the officer should go to prison for life. I would be amazed that an officer would do such a thing, particularly in broad daylight in an urban area with many people around. What I think more likely happened is that the victim attacked the officer in the officer’s car, perhaps trying to get his gun, and that is why the cop shot him.

What I would like to see reported are some statistics on how many blacks and whites are killed every year by other blacks or whites, including police. I also would like to see information regarding the number of officers killed with their own weapons by criminals. Based on FBI and Justice Department statistics going back decades, we all know what the figures will show: that many more killings are committed in the United States by blacks than by whites, and that blacks seem to kill whites far more often than whites kill blacks. Which group is more racist when it comes to killing, then?

The news media, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., the Rev. Al Sharpton and President Obama ought to have a discussion about this.


Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy (retired)