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Letters: Resisting arrest shows disrespect

Police officers confront protesters after the announcement of

Police officers confront protesters after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Credit: AP / David Goldman

I must disagree with your editorial of Nov. 26 ["America's tragic challenge"]. We live in a wonderful country composed of laws to protect us. Police and firefighters are also there to protect us, and for that reason we are taught to respect them. They put their lives in danger for our benefit.

No matter your skin color, when the police tell you to stop, you had better listen! There was attitude and lack of respect for law and order in some of the cases Newsday's editorial mentioned. Were the so-called victims law-abiding citizens when told to stop what they were doing? I don't think so. Otherwise many tragedies would not have occurred.

Pat King, Merrick

All too often, people are killed by police after a confrontation. In most instances, if not all, altercations start with a person not obeying a request by an officer.

To hear comments by some people, or the slant presented by some media, one might think that the police are on a rampage of death, singling out certain minorities for execution.

It is so easy for critics and media to second-guess officers, pondering and pontificating about what officers did wrong or could have done differently. Let's not forget that, training aside, an officer is a person like any other, one who may have second thoughts and experience fear.

As for Ferguson, I think anything short of an indictment would have led to protests, looting and violence. Once again, a minute portion of our population made a spectacle of our nation on the world stage.

Michael Genzale, Shoreham