The deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown are tragic. However, they could have been avoided if these men did not act in a way that attracted police attention ["Mayor hails a peaceful march," News, Aug. 25].

It's plain and simple: When the police get involved, there is a possibility that something could happen that might not be the desired outcome. Police officers are human beings charged with making decisions that a lot of us would not like to have to make.

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I'm sure the officers involved didn't start their shifts intending to kill someone.

Arthur Wakefield, Northport