Police methods questioned


Published: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 11:59 p.m.
We were saddened and sickened by the story of yet another troubled person, this time a young boy, gunned down by what have become our uniformed municipal gangs - the police. The only response they seem to have to any situation is to push their authority, and if in any way they are refused or questioned, heads get broken or, at worst, a life is taken.
Our society must develop an alternate police response when the persons involved are ill, troubled or young. The cops had no clue about the situation or if that poor boy was actually armed. He was cornered in a bathroom and they wouldn't allow his dad in to talk to him. They could not take the time to show restraint or compassion. They just blazed away, and now a 12-year-old with a BB gun is dead.
Police should not be allowed to become a paramilitary force. They must be taught methods other than maiming and killing without hesitation. If they can't handle that, they need to be fired.
James Moore, Melrose

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