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Letter: Wanting it both ways in Baltimore

Riot police monitor protesters near a CVS pharmacy

Riot police monitor protesters near a CVS pharmacy that was looted and burned by rioters on Monday after the funeral of Freddie Gray, on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore. Credit: Getty Images / Andrew Burton

Isn't it interesting that people are complaining about not enough arrests by the Baltimore police ["Homicides spike in Baltimore," News, May 31]. These were the same people complaining about the police being too aggressive before the death of Freddie Gray, who had a history of drug convictions.

You can't have it both ways. The officers who are willing to risk their lives and encounter people who are possibly armed are not mind readers. Yes, they will get out of the car and stop someone who doesn't have a gun, and people have to understand that this is part of the process of taking guns off the street.

Many people in the West Baltimore neighborhood were part of the protests calling for police reforms, and now their neighborhood is a place of violence. Be careful what you wish for.

Patrick Delaney, Sayville

Editor's note: The writer is a retired sergeant with the New York City Police Department.