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Unequal justice

January 9, 2015
Cecilia Meza
San Francisco

Re “Police officer leans on Catholic faith during Ferguson crisis,” Dec. 5:

To write an article about an honest police officer in the Ferguson Police Department is to ignore the issues and once again highlights how out of touch you are.

The issues are: one, the alarming number of police killings of unarmed black men, with total impunity for the police officers involved, as if black lives don’t matter; and two, the militarization of police and the violence they perpetrate on people. Every day since Michael Brown was killed, people in every major city in the country have come out to protest. By ignoring protesters you ignore the cry of the people and echo the sentiment that black lives don’t matter.

There is nothing heroic about a militarized police department replete with tanks, MRAMs, pistols, shotguns, and automatic rifles tear gassing demonstrators and shooting rubber bullets at them as if they were a war zone. Aside from an episode of looting, Ferguson police weren’t dealing with any particular danger. Nonetheless, police treated protesters as a population to occupy, and not as citizens to protect. The violence in these demonstrations is perpetrated by the police, not the protesters. Any You Tube video of the events confirms this.

It is good that Sgt. John Wall finds it in his heart to forgive. It would be even better if he had the humility and fortitude to ask to be forgiven for the sins of his fellow officers. That would be heroic. For black lives do matter.

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