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Letter: Looting isn't a proper response

Missouri state police walk calmly with a crowd

Missouri state police walk calmly with a crowd on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, along Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo. State troopers were called in to take over policing from Ferguson police after an officer shot and killed an unarmed teenager on Aug. 9, 2014. Credit: Getty Images / Scott Olson

In our justice system, an individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty ["Thousands rally," News, Aug. 24].

This seems to apply to everyone, unless that person happens to be a police officer accused of killing a person from a minority group. The facts about the Michael Brown shooting are surely not known yet, but the residents of Ferguson, Missouri had to put up with nightly violence and destruction of property by those who claim they are protesters. These people are anarchists using an excuse to loot, steal and commit violence.

I'm not trying to exonerate the police officer involved. If the evidence leads to wrongdoing, let the legal system proceed, and let the officer have his rights under our system of law. But instead, we are left with weak political leaders who do not have the courage to stand up and call out these anarchists for what they really are.

David Regina, Nesconset