It was truly irresponsible for some politicians and the head of the NYPD Patrolmen's Benevolent Association to suggest that largely peaceful protesters were responsible for the actions of a disturbed and angry man who committed a terrible crime ["Anger, sorrow over killings," News, Dec. 21].
Manipulating the deaths of two policemen to support a political end or quash dissent is inexcusable, shameful behavior. PBA President Patrick Lynch should examine his own culpability for supporting a culture within the police department that alienates the public and absolves every police officer of accountability.
Cynthia Lovecchio, Glen Cove
I was disappointed that " 'Something big' to unite the city" [News, Dec. 26] ran on Page A40. The Rev. Al Sharpton prayed and called for a moment of silence for the families of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, while dining with the mothers of Sean Bell and Eric Garner at the National Action Network center in Harlem on Christmas Day.
Despite what one may think of Sharpton, this article should have been placed in the opening pages of the newspaper, as he pledged to begin a more constructive dialogue between the communities. He made it clear that he never advocated violence against police.
Deborah Maya Melito, Babylon
When interacting with police, people should address an officer as "sir" or "ma'am," speak respectfully, avoid sudden moves, keep a normal tone of voice and answer questions openly and honestly [" 'A step back' for NY," News, Jan. 7]. Currently, the media report this commonsense approach as if it only applies to African-American and Hispanic youth.
My father was raised in Brooklyn in the 1940s and received the same instructions from his German-American parents.
Craig Brand, Port Jefferson Station
To the people of New York City, especially those who love and respect the police as I do: After hearing Mayor Bill de Blasio's heartfelt eulogy for Wenjian Liu, it now seems time for the city's police and its mayor to make peace ["Emotions raw at funeral," News, Jan. 5].
This is the only way for this beautiful city to move forward and combat crime. After the tragic deaths of Liu and Rafael Ramos, the mayor is realizing how important it is to show the public his support for the men and women of the NYPD and the safety of the city.
Jeff Odintz, Elmont