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Letters - Law Enforcement Deserves Positive Coverage

Newspaper article News Sentinel

Letters - Law Enforcement Deserves Positive Coverage

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We most certainly can do without the negative mental barrage on television that biases our thoughts about our law enforcement officers. The media frenzy around a police officer who shoots someone or in some way causes someone's death is excessive to the point of causing national bias against law enforcement officers. For every one bad act by a police officer broadcast by the media, there should be two good acts by police officers broadcast consecutively. The police officer you get angry at for giving you that traffic ticket could be the same police officer who saves your life on another day. I do not advocate tolerance for murder or rape by law enforcement officers or law enforcement use of excessive force. Nevertheless, we must not prejudge law enforcement as a group or individuals for the acts committed and broadcast on national television repeatedly throughout the day. Street justice is terribly inaccurate and highly subjective to opinions caused by excessive negative media coverage of events involving law enforcement officers and the public. Destroying businesses, burning cars and throwing stones at law enforcement officers in response to a police officer's actions is wrong. Good cops outnumber bad cops 100,000 to 1.

Injustice has been a part of human life since the beginning of time. The existence of heaven and hell might well be disputed by most, seeing as how people want to see judgment and punishment by their own dirty hands in this life. God forgives, but humans just can't allow that. Spit on a dog and the dog will still love you the next day. Spit on a human and you start a war.

Benjamin T. Martin, Oak Ridge

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