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Letter: Fatal police incidents were not similar

A frame from video shot on April 4,

A frame from video shot on April 4, 2015 and provided by the attorney representing the family of Walter Lamer Scott, appears to show Scott running away from City Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, left, in North Charleston, S.C.

The news story "Murder charge for a cop" [April 8] has a very inflammatory passage. The article states that a video appeared to show North Charleston, South Carolina, Officer Michael Slager, "who is white, shoot at [Walter Lamar] Scott while the black man was running away from a traffic stop." Later it states this is "following similar police killings of unarmed men last year in New York, Cleveland and Ferguson, Missouri."

How is it similar? In Ferguson, Brown attacked an officer. In New York, Eric Garner resisted arrest. In Cleveland, the boy had a toy gun not properly marked.

If readers are unaware of the facts, your story could lead them to the conclusion that all these cases had white cops shooting blacks as they ran away. This is not fair to the police, who risk their lives everyday, or to the public, which needs facts to make sound judgments.

Gregg Freedner, Ronkonkoma

 

Remind Boston bomber of victims

 

Considering the four people Dzhokhar Tsarnaev murdered, the 16 arms and legs his bombs blew off his other victims' bodies, and the hundreds he maimed and scarred for life, death -- especially when quick and painless -- would be too good for him ["Two years on, America and Boston stand strong," Editorial, April 9]. But so would life in prison, where he would still be able to enjoy the pleasures of food, books, TV, weightlifting, visitors, etc.

The only justice would be the biblical "eye for an eye," but Tsarnaev doesn't have 16 limbs, or four lives, of his own to give up -- and we're too decent, humane and civilized for that.

If I were his prison warden, I would make sure to cover every inch of his prison cell's walls, floor and ceiling with multiple, enlarged copies of the photo showing 8-year-old second-grade victim Martin Richard holding his own, now ironic "No more hurting people" poster.

Richard Siegelman, Plainview

 

Anticipate third track in Nassau

 

Let's hope that the new Ellison Avenue bridge over the Long Island Rail Road Main Line in Westbury has been designed to allow room for the eventual third track through this area ["Demolition on deck," News, April 8].

This third track from Floral Park to Hicksville is an absolute necessity if both Nassau and Suffolk counties hope to attract a significant number of reverse commuters from the city.

Robert Ward Cullen, East Williston

Editor's note: The writer is a retired LIRR assistant station manager and ticket office supervisor.

 

Netanyahu dismissal of Iran deal upsetting

 

I am a Jewish American with many relatives in Israel. Israel's safety and security are of great importance. So I was upset to read of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's immediate rejection of the Iranian nuclear framework agreement with the United States ["Iran deal watchwords: distrust and verify," Editorial, April 3].

Though Netanyahu's demands that Iran immediately recognize Israel's right to exist and cease all financing of terrorism are both desired and admirable, they are far outside parameters of the current framework.

Does anyone deny that even if Iran agreed to Israel's demands -- but only under the condition that Israel recognize the Palestinian Authority's demands for an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital -- that Netanyahu would loudly protest its inclusion in this agreement?

Clifford D. Glass, Rego Park

It is such a tragedy that Republicans in Congress do not wish to resolve differences through diplomacy.

When he was president, George W. Bush listened to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and refused to talk with Iran. He made it his policy to build walls against Iran and not try to work out differences.

Iran is a dangerous state suspected of exporting weapons and ideology. The negotiations that Secretary of State John Kerry held with Iran are not perfect for us, but they are a start. We are not getting all we want in the nuclear deal, and Iran is not getting all it wants. Hopefully, their talks are a start to knocking down walls and building a better relationship between our nations.

The Iraq War destabilized the Middle East. A new war would enlarge the region's vacuum of stability, plus we would be sacrificing more of our young soldiers. We need to give diplomacy a chance.

Roger Kaufmann, East Northport

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