A recent story stated that New York City's Department of Investigation has concluded that police officers need training on how to de-escalate a confrontation ["Chokehold use at issue," News, Jan. 12].
How does this apply to the Eric Garner case? This was a man with a criminal record and prior arrests who refused to comply or be handcuffed. How much more defusing of a situation can be done without risking serious injury to the officer?
Now the city wants to spend $35 million on retraining. The New York City Police Department is already the best trained police force in the country, and spending millions to appease certain community groups is ridiculous.
Scott Bishop, Lindenhurst
Editor's note: The writer is a retired NYPD officer.