Police shouldn’t become nannies | Letter

I am tired of police accountability; what about public accountability? Nowhere in the thousands of words in articles devoted to police accountability have I ever seen one word about public accountability.

What we need is common sense policing where the emphasis is on the public obeying the law and the county prosecutor and the judges enforcing them. It’s quite simple: obey the law and you won’t be confronted by the police.

If you have behaved in a manner that results in a confrontation with a police officer, obey his commands — you can argue whether it was appropriate later!

The police have two priorities: public safety and officer safety. We all know what the first is, but rarely do we hear anything about the second. This has to change. Every officer deserves to go home safely to their families at the end of their shift but many don’t. Hundreds die each year in the line of duty nationally. Think of the horrors spouses and their children face!

Unfortunately, “political policing” is mostly done by those least qualified, who have never had to make a life-or-death decision in a fraction of a second.

If a perp spits in an officer’s face, kicks or hits him or becomes unruly, the officer should be allowed to do whatever is necessary to protect himself and or the community without reprisals.

POLICE LIVES MATTER. They are the only ones between us and total anarchy!

I hope Hollywood makes a sequel to “Sleepless in Seattle” and titles it “Lawless in Seattle.”

Burt Scott

Kirkland

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