Showing that only blue lives matter
Re “If a knife is pulled, should the police shoot?” (Page 1A, Oct. 2): Ron Martinelli, a retired police officer who trains law enforcement, says the 21-foot rule is not a reliable guide, not because it gives police too much license to kill, but because it does not give them enough. Police spokesman Bryce Heinlein says, “My life is much more important in protecting the community.” Deputy Ed Obayashi, a use-of-force consultant, called ordinances that remind officers of the sanctity of life “offensive.”
These officers give the most compelling and clear pictures of why it is so vital to rein in the power of the police. Having such men set policy for the use of lethal force against the citizenry they are charged to protect is truly frightening. When the truth is told, only blue lives matter to them.
Michael R. Gorman,
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Another reason for different outcomes
Anita Chabria and Phillip Reese stated that Kevon Lipscomb discarded the knife and was subdued and arrested. They go on to state that Joseph Mann failed to follow police commands and was shot. Using these two facts, the article goes into the “inconsistency in how officers treat ‘edged weapons’ has sparked a polarizing debate.”
The article should have focused on the fact that one man lived because he followed orders to disarm while another died because he did not. In nearly every such case you will find that the police, at first, repeatedly ordered the suspect to disarm. What happens after that is the responsibility of the suspect, not the police.
Paul E. Adler, Roseville
Bad cops protected by bad laws
Re “Police tried to hit man with car, audio reveals” (Page 1A, Oct. 1): There are many instances of cops doing inappropriate things, including killing innocent civilians. The story of two Sacramento police officers who tried to run over a mentally ill black man, then got out of their cruiser and shot him 14 times, is the last straw.
It would appear that they should be fired and charged with murder. I would like to see the original incident report written by these two, before they knew that the video would go public. However, police departments tend to protect their own and do not fire the bad actors.
If law enforcement agencies can not, or will not, get rid of the bad cops, then we need to change the law so it’s easier to fire them. Police and law enforcement unions exert considerable influence over timid local officials and state legislators, so this will be a challenging job, but discussions on this must be initiated.
Stan Jones, Sacramento
New area short of cup holders
Re “Sacramento’s new downtown palace dazzles thousands” (Local, Oct. 2): Sacramento has a state-of-the-art, high-tech arena that’s so thoroughly engineered you can tell which bathroom line is the shortest from your app. But the same brain trust can’t figure out a way to have cup holders in the upper level?
The arena is serving world-class, farm-to-fork food, and there’s no place to put your drink except on the floor? So, cup holders are suddenly an option only available in the higher-priced seats? Everyone should at least be able to have their own cup holder.
Richard Keys, Sacramento
Voting against plastic bags
Re “ ‘No’ on 65, ‘yes’ on 67 to limit plastic bags” (Endorsement, Sept. 30): Would you rather see a deep blue, beautiful bay or a garbage dump? Plastic bag companies are looking out for their own interest. These corporations don’t see the environmental consequences that they have caused Californians to endure on a daily basis? As a student I vow to vote “no” on Proposition 65, “yes” on Proposition 67.
Harpreet Kaur Sahota, Union City
Not reassured by 3 a.m. tweets
Re “Tweet-storm: Trump blasts Machado over her past, ‘sex tape’ ” (Page 9A, Oct. 1): I had to laugh when I read Donald Trump’s defense of his 3 a.m. tweets disparaging the former Miss Universe.
“For those few people knocking me for tweeting at three o’clock in the morning, at least you know I will be there, awake, to answer the call!” Trump wrote.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I lie awake nights worrying that we’ll be attacked by an army of former beauty queens.
I haven’t been this scared since Anita Bryant was in her prime.
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