Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

Sowing distrust

EDITOR: Many want the Andy Lopez incident to be put to rest. My conscience says otherwise.

It’s curious that Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch waited until after her re-election to render her decision, and Sheriff Steve Frietas bypassed consultations, rendered his decision, then promptly left on vacation. It is done. They would put it to rest. I, for one, am bothered.

No boy should be shot dead for carrying a BB gun, wearing a hoodie and walking on Moorland Avenue. Firearms expert Erick Gelhaus shot seven times, claiming he was afraid. Maybe it was an instinctual response of a former soldier in Iraq who was trained to respond against an enemy of another race.

The community that mourns Andy feels unheard and that these decisions target them. They protest with a greater distrust now for law enforcement. We must take this distrust more seriously beginning with some major soul searching.

This is a huge police power problem that the public will not forget. Thank God for Supervisor Shirlee Zane who courageously questioned the timing and lack of consultation on Freitas’ announcement. Whether her bravery effects a small change, at least one conscience is heard. Does your conscience ask you, What if Andy had been my son?



Nothing to fear but …

EDITOR: It’s become evident that the ultra-conservatives’ favorite tool is fear. Jill Osborne (“Vilifying police,” Letters, Monday) turns legitimate questions about one officer’s actions into “children raised to distrust our police.” Those kids “could easily be drawn not only into gangs but also … radical recruiters, such as ISIS.” Wow. The apocalypse starts because people are concerned about public safety.

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