Re Ex-cops acquitted in fatal beating (Page A1, Jan. 14): The officers who were acquitted were not there to protect and serve. They instigated this altercation and caused the death of Kelly Thomas for nothing more than perhaps rattling car doors. Officers come in all forms but these two chose to beat a homeless, mentally ill man into submission, rather than do their job in a professional manner. Police brutality should never go unpunished.
-- Adele Wyckoff, Galt