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Letters: Two sides of the Eric Garner case

This undated family photo provided by the National

This undated family photo provided by the National Action Network on Saturday, July 19, 2014, shows Eric Garner, who was confronted by police trying to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed, loose cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk, authorities said. Credit: National Action Network

Rep. Peter King's repeated tone-deaf comments on the grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner signal only one certainty: King's aspirations to run as the Republican candidate for president in 2016 and his recognition of the primary voting bloc to which he needs to appeal ["NY grand jury finds no crime," News, Dec. 4].

It's past time for King (R-Seaford) to better serve the needs of his constituents and not his far-fetched ambition.

Clifford D. Glass, Rego Park

The issue in the Eric Garner case that seems to escape scrutiny is whether the police had the authority to simply issue him a summons for the sale of loose cigarettes, rather than place him under arrest.

Driving through a red light or speeding poses a greater threat to society than the sale of loose cigarettes, yet nobody would suggest that these drivers be handcuffed and arrested.

If the police instead chose to grab Garner around the neck and gang-tackle him to the ground, where they ignored his pleas that he was unable to breathe, they should be held accountable for their actions.

Gary Zucker, East Meadow