LINDA BARRY, San Clemente

I am so disappointed in the rush to draw conclusions and paint a broad brush concerning the police force.

How many people have ever had to deal with the worst in society? Have they ever had to wrestle with an unwilling suspect, have they been spit at, had things thrown at them and vilified for just being a law enforcement officer?

Having read recent letters to the editor, I can’t help but notice that the victim is canonized and the officers are vilified. To have demonstrations prior to knowing any of the facts just does not make common sense.

I could also “paint a broad brush” and say that Mr. Reinhold was the homeless man that was in the laundromat on Camino de los Mares without pants, which required help from an officer, or he was the homeless man that attacked a friend in Dana Point, which required hospitalization, but I don’t know that as a fact. 

I could also say, where was Mrs. Reinhold while her husband was roaming the streets? Does she now want the city to pay for her neglect? How about her attorneys—are they really just ambulance chasers who are in it for the money? But I don’t know the facts, so I will not react accordingly.

Has everyone forgotten about 9/11 and how many police and firemen died trying to save lives? I know I haven’t, because my husband went there a few days later, on his own dime, to see what he could do to help. Consequently, it is difficult for me to hear and read how all law officers are either racists or killers.

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