Les Payne built the narrative of his July 17 op-ed on false and misleading information [“Haunted by our original sin,” Opinion].

The contention that police are more likely to shoot blacks than whites has been debunked in a paper by Harvard economics professor Roland G. Fryer Jr. The study for the National Bureau of Economic Research examined thousands of incidents at 10 large police departments in California, Florida and Texas. Fryer concluded that police were no more likely to shoot nonwhites than whites after factoring in extenuating circumstances.

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The conversation about race relations will make no headway so long as misinformation like Payne’s continues to be spread.

John Ryan, North Bellmore

What the Islamic State could not accomplish, the race baiters have done for them. No American street will truly be safe to walk down for the rest of our lives.

Thanks, Washington, for your continued lack of leadership and your cowardice in the face of an existential threat to our way of life.

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Scott Werner, Port Washington