- - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Police actions in Ferguson, Mo., New York, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, La., and Minnesota have been in the news, and a few police officers have been seen using excessive force and shooting people. I believe a small number of police officers use excessive force, and these officers should be held accountable for their actions. However, the vast majority of police officers diligently do their duty and treat criminals and suspects fairly.

Unfortunately, police officers are being vilified and attacked because of a few overzealous officers. The result is police officers being hesitant to take actions that could be construed as too forceful, thereby emboldening criminals to commit violence. This could have been the situation leading to the murder of the Dallas police officers last week. By the way, why aren’t people on the streets protesting the killing of those officers?

Hesitation by police officers can place lives in jeopardy and have a negative effect on public safety. We need to support our uniformed men and women, who risk their lives every day to keep us safe.

DONALD MOSKOWITZ

Londonderry, N.H.

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