Two situations show differences in use of force by police

For those who believe that any black man shot and killed by police deserved it, only needs to read the April 11 Herald story “Man destroys motel room.” Not only did he terrorize others, he shouted to the police that he would cut their necks.

This went on for over two hours while he had access to three axes in the room. A terrorist, maybe if you were there but not one lethal shot was fired. A crisis negotiator could not convince him to surrender. So how was he subdued? Rubber projectiles! I don’t know the race of the individual and it should not matter, but at least he was given the benefit of the doubt. Police took their time, someone was in charge and no one rode in like John Wayne and within minutes start shooting. A man with only a cellphone should not be dead, given how Edmonds Police handled this standoff.

Robert Lewis


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