We share blame
“Reactions to Stephon Clark decisions show society’s lack of respect for rule of law” (sacbee.com, March 14): Let’s be honest: The lack of respect is on both sides. The law was not designed to protect and serve people of color. It was designed for people with money who are white. Not to seem racist, as I am of a multiracial background, but if you are of any other ethnic group the motto seems to be “shoot now, ask questions later.” Then you ask why there is a lack of respect within society! Imagine, a good ol’ boy who was raised in Granite Bay but was put on patrol in an area like Oak Park. What would he know about it? If someone sneezes wrong, he would probably shoot. But that’s okay, Anne Marie Schubert will pacify him and make all the bad things go away while trying to turn the victim into the criminal.
Powers to act
“Insolvency 101: Sacramento teachers, you better add this to your lesson plan” (sacbee.com, March 17): While I agree with most of Marcos Bretón’s commentary about the Sacramento City Unifed School District, I take exception to his comment directing business and community leaders to ask “What the hell is going on here?” Bretón implies that business and community leaders have the responsibility to shape up the school district. Let’s see: Local government failed, but the business community and others now must take responsibility to right the wrong? Leaders should step in to help, but the school district and its employees got Sacramento into this mess. If you assign responsibility to business and community leaders, in fairness you also need to give them decision-making authority.
Where’s your money going?
“Commentary: ‘For the People’ is a censorship bill, plain and simple” (sacbee.com, March 17): You make a campaign donation each time you buy a product from a big business. Part of each purchase is given to a political action committee or campaign without your consent by big business. To make matters worse, you do not know what they do with this money. They even hide their names. Big business hiding where your money goes is the mother’s milk of predatory politics. Union members cannot be forced to give part of their dues for political causes they oppose. Why should we, as consumers, be forced to give to campaigns we do not support?
How many more?
“Reactions to Stephon Clark decisions show society’s lack of respect for rule of law” (sacbee.com, March 14): How many more people, particularly young people of color, need to be killed because an officer mistakenly fears for his life? Timothy Davis, president of the Sacramento Police Officer’s Association, says that people like Stephon Clark should comply with law enforcement when confronted. Many people do not have faith that contact with a police officer will go well. Davis says Clark caused his own tragic death. In 2012, Seattle began reforms similar to those in Assembly Bill 392 and, in 2017, a decrease in the frequency of moderate and high-level use of force was reported. California Penal Code Section 196 regarding lethal force was enacted in 1872. For Heaven’s sake, let’s modernize police practices and combat racism.
A letter for Newsom
“‘Ineffective, irreversible and immoral:’ Gavin Newsom halts death penalty for 737 inmates” (sacbee.com, March 12): Dear Gov. Gavin Newsom: I disagree with your reasons for suspending capital punishment. While some inmates on death row may be innocent for whatever reason, you fail to address the inmates who have confessed to their crime and await their fate. One is Luis Bracamantes. He killed two sheriff’s deputies and bragged about it in court. He threatens to kill the families of his victims. You claim that the death penalty is ineffective. How so? If killers are put to death, they certainly will never kill again. We voted to keep capital punishment. You have taken it away. I voted for you. I will never vote for you again or anyone who sides with your decision.
“Reactions to Stephon Clark decisions show society’s lack of respect for rule of law” (sacbee.com, March 14): Finally, someone has hit the nail on the head. Criminals are the reason force is used in making arrests or overcoming resistance of the police. Timothy Davis points out that criminals need to accept responsibility and accountability for their actions. If they would just do what the nice police officer asks or tells them to do, they would not get shot or injured. They create their own problems and then don’t want to be held accountable. The criminals would rather blame the police for problems within the criminal justice system. I applaud Davis because he got it exactly right. Many people will not agree with him because they do not want to believe the truth.
John J. Robinson,
See our history
“Reactions to Stephon Clark decisions show society’s lack of respect for rule of law” (sacbee.com, March 14): Protesting over the needless death of an unarmed young man shows a lack of respect for the law? Which law is that, exactly? Do you not understand that protest is how this country was formed? Or how women gained the vote? Or what ended Jim Crow laws? Again, I ask what specific law is being disrespected? Or perhaps I should ask how many young men need to die for the crime of holding a cell phone? I know you will respond that you want our police officers to come home safely every night. So do we. But we want even more for our citizens who interact with the police to come home safely. That is not disrespect for the law, but respect for human life.