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Letter: Garner and Brown were in harm's way

Eric Garner was confronted by police trying to

Eric Garner was confronted by police trying to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed, loose cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk July 17, 2015. Credit: National Action Network

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.

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

Arthur Wakefield, Northport