Since San Luis Obispo police Chief Steve Gesell wrote his Tribune article, “A shocking and growing lack of deference to the law” (Dec. 3), justifying the police shooting of unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., many more such incidents have happened — mostly involving unarmed black men.
A man, Eric Garner, under control, strangled to death by a cop using an illegal choke hold; a man shot in the back running away from a cop (made illegal by the Supreme Court), and the cop planting his Taser near the man, claiming that he “tried to take my Taser”; a 12-year-old boy in Cleveland with a toy gun (as reported to 911 operators) shot by cops immediately; a rich 73-year-old reserve cop shoots a guy to death because the “wanna-be” couldn’t tell his handgun from his Taser. Finally, a black man in police custody ending up with his spine severed, and dying. There are many other cases, as well as racist emails and tweets discovered between cops, dispatchers, etc. Something is “rotten in the state of Denmark.”
So, Chief Gesell, any revised, second thoughts? Or are cops OK no matter what they do? Is it still the idea that, police are the law — just obey them and you’ll be OK? I, and everyone, await your public reply.