- - Sunday, September 13, 2020

Why has it not been suggested that police use net launchers and/or tranquilizers/sedatives to dispel rioters (“Rochester police leaders retire after suffocation death,” Web, Sept. 8)? With multiple police officers on the scene and time to respond before Jacob Blake reached his vehicle, a net launcher would have worked. With Daniel Prude, a sedative likely would have worked.

While the police are not doctors, an attempt with a sedative would be preferable to shooting or using physical force after other attempts have failed.


Potomac, Md.

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