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].

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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.

Joe DiBenedetto, Massapequa