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Police officers are human, too

December 09, 2011

It’s hard to believe that in this virtuous town we have a problem with the police force (“Judge dismisses lawsuit,” Dec. 7). Is that possible?

My first thought when I see a police officer is to ask if help is necessary. Of course they are there to admonish you if your seat belts are not being put to good use and make sure you’re not illegally using a cell phone.

But there are other issues that we as ordinary people are not aware of, such as the relationships among police officers where race or ethnic background plays a part, or where excessive force against suspects could be a problem.

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The department is trying to move forward despite lawsuits by former and current police officers alleging retaliatory firing and sexual harassment.

It’s a shame these problems arise, but police officers are human beings and have their frailties.

Wesley Greene

Burbank
 
 

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