Letters to the Editor

Shootings of innocent people by police are widespread and appalling

In response to Helen Saulsbury (Letters, “If you’re not committing a crime, you won’t get shot by police,” July 24): She needs to read the daily news.

A recent example is Charles Kinsey, a therapist helping an autistic man.

Kinsey was on the ground with his hands in the air, telling the police that there was no need for firearms.

“All he has is a toy truck,” Kinsey said. “A toy truck. I am a behavior therapist at a group home.”

He is also heard asking his patient to calm down. After a few minutes, one of the officers shot him and when he asked the officer, “Sir, why did you shoot me?” the officer replied, “I don’t know.”

I would list many more examples here, but am stunned that I even have to respond to a letter based on such lack of knowledge about a current epidemic. And I am also appalled by attacks on police — maybe someday we will follow the rest of the civilized world and develop reasonable gun registration and usage in this county.

Rebecca Hendricks, Cambria