Two major issues have recently been identified, far too clearly. The first is cops who become criminals while interacting with black men ["Mayor wants federal rights probe of BPD," News, May 7]. This can be addressed with cameras on cops, on the dashboards of police vehicles and inside police vehicles used to transport prisoners.

If video shows cops abusing people, vigorously prosecute the offenders. I suspect the deterrent factor of having cops share jail cells with people they arrested would be substantial.

The second issue is far more intractable. Baltimore is among the nation's "leaders" in two very negative demographics: teenage births and school dropouts.

The strategies adopted in the 1960s to address poverty in certain inner cities simply didn't work. Anyone have any fresh ideas? I suggest an examination of the culture shaping the lives of far too many young black males. It's a culture that glorifies wife-beating millionaire athletes and misogynistic "rap artists" while virtually ignoring the historic accomplishments of people like President Barack Obama and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Baltimore). And, most recently and significantly, Baltimore's courageous state's attorney, Marilyn Mosby.

Where are the superstar entertainers and athletes when young black men are throwing rocks and lighting fires?

I am not black, so I am not going to pretend to understand what it is like living in a frequently frightening fishbowl. But I can tell you that my heroes are not Richard Nixon or Charles Manson. There are far too many role models of all races to emulate rather than people who achieved notoriety by devious means.

Chris Marzuk, Greenlawn

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The tragic murder of Brian Moore raises a question in view of the fact that New York City Police Officer Peter Liang was indicted on a charge of manslaughter after police say his gun accidentally went off in a staircase ["Salute to fallen officer," News, May 6].

Liang was criticized for having his gun drawn ["Case against cop," News, Feb. 12]. I would hope that officer Moore and his partner had their guns drawn, as they were stopping a man suspected of having a gun. If this is not the protocol, then it should be.

Michael Brozinsky, Central Islip