Letter: Gunshots, police and race relations

Missouri Highway Patrol officers survey at a peaceful Missouri Highway Patrol officers survey at a peaceful protest on West Florissant Ave. in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 19, 2014. Police in the US city of St. Louis shot dead another suspect on Tuesday, a short distance from a suburb that is the scene of protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager. Photo Credit: Getty Images / MICHAEL B. THOMAS

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Just wondering what the reaction would be if a black police officer, or a white officer, killed an unarmed white teenager ["Emotional service," News, Aug. 26].

All Americans should be wary of excessive use of force by our police. One of the first signs of a repressive government is a military police presence. One of the reasons for the American Revolution was the onerous stationing of British troops in American homes.

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Joe DiBenedetto, Massapequa

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