Tom Fulks’ Aug. 30 Viewpoint, wrongfully titled, “How many have to die before we start discussing police violence?” apparently ignores the almost-incessant “police violence” topic discussed for the past year and more.
Title aside, Fulks claims 1,110 people were “killed” by police this past year but concedes “many” were caused by their own actions, conceding also that police must make “split-second decisions” and that “most cops are good.”
That leaves him blaming “the unstable, impulsive, malevolent few” who give cops “a bad rap.” Which makes me wonder what purpose more discussion will satisfy if it is only a “few” who are the offenders.
Meanwhile, this year, 82 officers have been killed in the line of duty, 23 by gunfire, three since Fulks’ Viewpoint was published. Last year, 133 officers were slain, 47 by gunfire. No mention of those facts by Fulks.
To Fulks’ conclusion that “Cops behaving lawfully while performing a dangerous job” might help restore public confidence in police, I respond: Most police do this already and deserve our respect.
Maybe a more appropriate topic would be, “How many have to die before we seriously discuss gun violence?” All lives matter.