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Letter: Resisting arrest can lead to violence

Sanford Rubenstein has withdrawn from the Eric Garner

Sanford Rubenstein has withdrawn from the Eric Garner case. Photo Credit: Anthony Lanzilote

I'm disappointed that an attorney with the stature and intelligence of Sanford Rubenstein would use inflammatory and misleading comments to further his agenda ["Call for probe in cop video flap," News, Sept. 25].

He stated, "There's no question that police-community relations are at an all-time low in this city because of the actions of police officers."

After reading the Newsday article, it was apparent to me that it wasn't the actions of New York City police officers that led to subduing a pregnant woman in Sunset Park. Jhohan Lemos started the incident by publicly displaying a knife, according to the criminal complaint, and by allegedly resisting arrest.

Also, Lemos' father and another man, who are charged with assaulting and obstructing the officers, are to blame. Finally, Lemos' mother, Sandra Amezquita, seems to have put herself and her unborn child at risk by getting involved in the violent struggle.

If the person the police were looking to arrest would have complied with the officers' lawful orders, then a lot of disharmony would have been avoided. People would not have gotten hurt.

The place of arrest is not where you argue the validity of an arrest; the courtroom is.

Anthony Surdich, Port Washington

Editor's note: The writer is a former New York City police officer.
 

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